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Flash v11.4.402.278 - MSI installs "wrong" version!

Sep 19, 2012 6:21 AM

We always install Flash Player using the .MSI installer.  It allows us to use tools to remotely, and silently install it directly from a server location without having to copy the file to the remote pc.

 

We download the latest version from "http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/distribution3.html"

 

The latest version on this download site is listed as v11.4.402.278 so I downloaded it.

 

However, when you install the .MSI installer, the resulting version listed in the Windows installed programs is v11.4.402.267.  Notice the difference in version numbers!

 

When we install Flash Player, we always do a 'version check' before installing.  Since the .MSI installer is installing the "wrong" version, it's not possible to correctly do a version check to verify if the target computer already has the latest version installed.

 

I don't know that anyone from Adobe will ever read this email, so I doubt they are aware that they have a problem on their download site with the offline .MSI Flash Player install file.  But I thought I'd ask if someone here might know an alternate location in the Adobe infrastructure to download the offline installer for the Flash Player .MSI file that actually installs the correct version number?  Thank you.

 
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    Sep 19, 2012 6:47 AM   in reply to KHemmelman

    Hi,

    The latest Flash Player version is 11.4.402.278.

    I downloaded the Flash Player msi (both ActiveX and plug-in) from the distribution page, and it installed the correct version. (11.4.402.278)

     

    However, the Flash Player version written in this page is incorrect. We are updating the page.

     

    Thanks,

    Sunil

     
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  • Chris Campbell
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    Sep 19, 2012 11:47 AM   in reply to KHemmelman

    Hi KHemelman,

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  It looks like we forgot to update the version string in the .msi.  As Sunil mentioned, the version string that Flash Player reports (11.4.402.278) is correct.  We'll correct the problem with the msi the next time we release an update.

     

    Thanks,

    Chris

     

    Edit: Just to be clear, the incorrect version string in the msi is the one reported in the add/remove programs control panel.

     
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  • Chris Campbell
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    Sep 19, 2012 3:15 PM   in reply to KHemmelman

    We have revision information in our readme's and I also maintain an "Announcement" forum for runtime updates that you can subscribe to here:

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/community/flashplayer/announcements?view=discu ssions

     

    This release was simply a result of changes to our build process.  There were no code changes made and no need for you to update your client systems.

     
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    Sep 19, 2012 4:25 PM   in reply to Chris Campbell

    Chris,

     

    You said "We have revision information in our readme's and I also maintain an "Announcement" forum for runtime updates that you can subscribe to here:".  But the latest announcement on that page is from 4 weeks ago, the 8/21 announcement of Adobe AIR 3.4.  Where is the announcement of Flash 11.4.402.278?

     

    If I check the "Adobe Flash" version online at http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ it does show me as having the current version, so it's just an MSI buglet.  A simple registry fix will correct that for our version testing software.

     

    For the plugin (I don't install the ActiveX player) on XP 32-bit,

    FlashPlugin11.4.402.278-VersionFix.reg

    ===========

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

     

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstal l\{8C27E4F1-9CE6-4C32-ADBB-D51CD226649E}]

    "DisplayVersion"="11.4.402.278"

    ==================

     
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    Sep 21, 2012 7:33 AM   in reply to KHemmelman

    I have the same question, but it appears since this is a build difference only with no code changes, release notes would be redundant.  Confusing though, especially when people ask whether or not this update should be installed.  With nothing to reference, we didn't know what to tell them.  I'm having no problems with the prior release so will hold off until a security update (with release notes) is issued and will advise the same with our forum members.

     
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    Sep 26, 2012 4:00 PM   in reply to KHemmelman
     
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    Oct 3, 2012 1:57 AM   in reply to KHemmelman

    The MSI could be fixed by using ORCA or similar if you need to distribute.

    However I agree it may be best to bypass this version.

    As far as I can see this issue has not been fixed (first reported 19th September) and is still causing confusion for organisations that try to distribute automatically.

    I wonder why we have such a delay?

     
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  • Chris Campbell
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    Oct 3, 2012 2:44 PM   in reply to fambely

    As mentioned before, this will be fixed in our next update.  Look for this becoming available in the next week or so.

     

    Chris

     
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