3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 9, 2015 10:17 AM by jeromiec83223024

    Flash player Flash Player 13.0.0.258 auto updates to version 15

    manuel.inside

      We want to deploy flash player with silent background updates enabled. To test the update mechanism I installed version 13.0.0.258 activeX and let it auto update.

      I expected it would update to version 13.0.0.259, but version 15 was installed.

       

      How can this be, I thought 13 is still the extended support version?

       

      below mms.cfg and the install.log.

       

      mms.cfg

      AutoUpdateDisable=0

      SilentAutoUpdateEnable=1

      SilentAutoUpdateVerboseLogging=1

       

      FlashInstall.log

      =O====== M/13.0.0.258 2015-01-08+08-35-07.117 ========

      0000 [W] 00001113 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\\* 3

      0001 [I] 00000010 "C:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\ClientDate-IE-flash\install_flash_player_13_active_x.exe" -install

      0002 [W] 00001036 Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer\SafeVersions/13.0 2

      0003 [W] 00001036 Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayerActiveX/PlayerPath 2

      0004 [I] 00000011 1

      0005 [I] 00000020 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

      0006 [W] 00001037 SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Adobe Flash Player ActiveX/ 2

      0007 [I] 00000013 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\Flash32_13_0_0_258.ocx

      0008 [I] 00000015 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_13_0_0_258_ActiveX.exe

      0009 [I] 00000016 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_13_0_0_258_ActiveX.dll

      0010 [I] 00000023 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\activex.vch

      0011 [I] 00000019 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

      0012 [I] 00000021 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe

      =X====== M/13.0.0.258 2015-01-08+08-35-15.564 ========

       

       

      2015-1-8+8-40-20.506 [info] 1614

      2015-1-8+8-40-21.99 [info] 1615

      2015-1-8+8-40-21.365 [info] 1618

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.428 [info] 1619 1063

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.724 [info] 1614

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.724 [info] 1615

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.724 [info] 1618

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.740 [info] 1608

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.740 [info] 1604

      2015-1-8+8-40-22.787 [info] 1630 /pub/flashplayer/update/current/sau/11/xml/version.xml

      2015-1-8+8-40-26.537 [info] 1630 /pub/flashplayer/update/current/sau/11/xml/patch.xml

      2015-1-8+8-40-28.162 [info] 1600

      2015-1-8+8-40-40.240 [info] 1602

      2015-1-8+8-40-40.240 [info] 1609

      2015-1-8+8-40-40.240 [info] 1612

      2015-1-8+8-40-40.271 [info] 1620

      2015-1-8+8-41-16.990 [error] 1226 1062

      =O====== M/15.0.0.246 2015-01-08+08-40-41.943 ========

      0000 [I] 00000010 FlashPlayerInstaller.exe -install -iv 9

      0001 [W] 00001036 Software\Macromedia\FlashPlayer\SafeVersions/15.0 2

      0002 [I] 00000011 1

      0003 [I] 00000020 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

      0004 [I] 00000013

      0005 [I] 00000015 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_ActiveX.exe

      0006 [I] 00000016 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil32_15_0_0_246_ActiveX.dll

      0007 [I] 00000023 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\activex.vch

      0008 [I] 00000019 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl

      0009 [W] 00001024 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerCPLApp.cpl 183

      0010 [W] 00001024 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\FlashPlayerApp.exe 183

      0011 [I] 00000021 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe

      0012 [W] 00001106

      0013 [W] 00001106

      0014 [W] 00001024 C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\FlashPlayerUpdateService.exe 183

      0015 [I] 00000012

      =X====== M/15.0.0.246 2015-01-08+08-41-19.053 ========

        • 1. Re: Flash player Flash Player 13.0.0.258 auto updates to version 15
          jeromiec83223024 Adobe Employee

          We launched the ESR to provide pain relief for network administrators, but it came long after the background update service was built, and it's not currently designed to handle multiple parallel branches.  Supporting the ESR via background update is on our product backlog, but it's not likely to get done for a while.  Just getting the ESR was the first battle, and we're making incremental improvements as time allows.

           

          The really big organizations that we were targeting with the ESR typically run their own in-house auto-update servers or they push all updates through their own management tools (AD/SCUP/SMS/etc).  Those organizations typically have onerous testing requirements for distributing feature-bearing updates, so the ESR was really designed to minimize the testing burden on those IT departments -- streamlining the distribution is something we want to do, but it was more important to just make it available as an option for distribution.

           

          You can find details on running your own auto-update server in the administration guide, but it's non-trivial and we're still working out the kinks (notifications slip through in some edge-cases, etc).  There's also a good rundown on the customization options for various updates.  You may be better off using your standard software management tools to distribute updates in the short-term, depending on your environment's complexity and available resources:

           

          Adobe Flash Player Administration Guide for Flash Player | Adobe Developer Connection

          • 2. Re: Flash player Flash Player 13.0.0.258 auto updates to version 15
            manuel.inside Level 1

            Thanks for the helpful information, Jeromie.

             

            Just one more thing: Do you still announce esr updates here Flash Runtime Announcements ?

            If not, how can we learn about a new esr version release?

             

            Best Regards

             

            Manuel

             

            edit: maybe for your next admin guide you want to add a notice at the update section that esr is not supported yet

            • 3. Re: Flash player Flash Player 13.0.0.258 auto updates to version 15
              jeromiec83223024 Adobe Employee

              That's a really good point about the docs.

               

              Guidance on the ESR is included in the release notes and the security bulletins for each release, but the long and short of it is that you want to always use the latest available version of the ESR branch.  Normal releases happen monthly, on Patch Tuesday.  Out-of-cycle releases happen as needed (i.e. we've seen an exploit in the wild) and we'll publish security bulletins and guidance about those. 

               

              If and when we change the ESR branch (in recent history this has been driven by the needs of the infrastructure), we try to provide as much lead time as possible and will announce in the forums and will typically post a blog post.  The distinction being that we control the content in the forums directly, but everything else has to go through intermediaries.

               

              I'd recommend that you sign up for the Adobe Security Notification service.  Whenever patches with security impact for Adobe products become available, you'll get an email.

              Adobe - Security Notification Service