The Update mechanism of Flash Player does not depend on the Default browser type, the update at the backend - periodically connects with out servers to make sure that the Flash Player installed on your system is latest or not. If you have an older version of Flash Player installed a latest version of Flash Player is downloaded and silently installed to the latest version.
Once in a while even after setting a silent update (Allow Adobe to Install Updates) you will see a notification which is primarily to intimate all our users that a major version of Flash Player with some major change has been released, which takes you to get3.adobe.com and you download and install Flash Player using the online downloader which on completion opens up an update completion page on your default browser.
I personally recommend you to set the update setting to 'Allow Adobe to Update Flash Player' which will seamlessly keep flash on your system updated.
For more information please refer - Flash Player installation and update questions and answers
Please let me know in case more information is required.
I have reviewed both of the articles you referenced. In my experience auto update is not working as it is supposed to. I have over 100 clients that are all set to update automatically and they are all still at version 17.x of Flash player. Why would these clients not update to version 18 when set to 'Allow Adobe to Update Flash Player'? When I use the control panel for Flash player and click the Check Now button on the Updates tab it always launches Chrome and the page says that Flash is up to date. However the ActiveX version displayed on the Flash Player Settings Manager says version 18.104.22.168.
I have attached a screenshot to illustrate this issue. The picture is a bit cluttered but you can clearly see that Flash Player is set to Allow Adobe to install updates. The ActivX version is 22.214.171.124 (not up to date). Also you can see the version check page open in Chrome, indicating that Chrome has the current version 126.96.36.199 and you can see the version check page open in IE indicating the the version for IE is 188.8.131.52 (not up to date).
So what is going on? How can Flash Player update be working correctly if it is not updating the ActiveX version of Flash Player?
I have been asking the same question and have made a post about this over here.... Automatic update to Flash 18 via mms.cfg?
I have even tried downloading the flash 18 msi and deploying it via GPO but it will not install over 184.108.40.206
After doing some more digging I found this line on our clients that have 220.127.116.11 installed
FlashInstall.log 2015-6-30+1-26-0.96 [error] 1221 1115
The most recent entry I'm seeing in my flashinstall.log files begins
2015-6-24+4-37-13.912 [error] 1226 1062
In fact every version since the original install has [error] next to its entry. Not sure how to interpret that.
2014-1-31+0-37-0.189 [error] 1221 1115
2014-2-21+5-37-6.615 [error] 1226 1062
2014-3-12+0-37-5.867 [error] 1226 1062
2014-4-28+17-37-14.191 [error] 1226 1062
2014-5-14+6-37-13.612 [error] 1226 1062
2014-7-9+7-37-8.216 [error] 1226 1062
and so on...
I can't seem to find any definitive information about what these codes mean.
Yes, the information you have provided is correct. 18.104.22.168 is the recent build which was pushed along with 22.214.171.124 as a silent update for all the users who are still on ver17.0, both these builds have the same security fix and thus both of them are secure and no harm to your system.
Now what is a Loud-Release --> For a major release or major feature release we notify all our users that we have a major change in our builds, so all systems will get a notification that a major release is available for download and install. During this period everyone is supposed to goto the Flash Player Install/Update page to get the latest flash player installed which has to be done manually using our Download Manager.
1. If you were a 17.0 user and updated to 18.0 via our online downloader you would have got 126.96.36.199, and then will silently updated to 188.8.131.52
2. If you are on 17.0 you will move to 184.108.40.206, were 220.127.116.11 is the build shipped with 18.104.22.168 which does not have a latest features but has all the security fixes. Every 17.0 user will keep getting the notification to upgrade to 18.0 for which he'll have to download via our online download manager.
Because you have many systems you have to manage I recommend moving yourself to a more controlled and administrative environment where you can manage updates by creating a server for pushing the silent update bits (Adobe Flash Player Distribution | Adobe bits) and all the machines with Flash Player installed will then refer to your system for any update.
Please refer the following links:
Thank you for this information. So basically the feature to 'Allow Adobe to Update Flash Player' does not work reliably across version changes. I find this incredibly misleading. Rather than get involved in a cumbersome process to annually license the ability to distribute flash and then create group policies to deploy it, then test the results of having these policies in place when flash tries to update itself, pay attention to current versions of flash so we can deploy new .msi files and update our policies...
I think I will just remove flash from all of our systems. It's clear that having flash installed poses a continual security risk and it's unfortunate that we can't rely on Adobe to help keep their own software updated in an easy and efficient manner. It's amazing to me that Google can do a better job of keeping flash updated in their browser than adobe can.