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#1 Anonix

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 02:59 PM

I just ran an online Secunia scan for insecure software and it shows three Adobe Flash Players installed, two look to me to be identical. So the latest version would be the .233.

Do I have unnecessary copies installed? When I go to Revo Uninstaller, it only shows one icon for Adobe Flash, not three. I believe I read that previous version of Flash should be removed before installing the latest versions.

Can someone let me know whether cleanup is needed? Remove them all and start over? If I have three versions, why do I not see three versions when I look in Revo Uninstaller or in Program files?

Maybe I am not understanding something here. Thanks for any suggestions.


Adobe Flash Player 11.x Adobe Flash Player 11.x 11.2.202.233 (NPAPI) Adobe Flash Player 11.x
Adobe Flash Player 11.x Adobe Flash Player 11.x 11.2.202.229 (NPAPI) Adobe Flash Player 11.x
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:23 PM

There is a Flash Player for IE, Flash Player Plug in/s, and Flash Player for 'other browsers'. Secunia doesn't distinguish very well between them. I found this out the hard way myself. I have 7 of them listed due to my collection of browsers and the plugins associated with them as well.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 06:43 PM

Those are likely what Secunia classifies as "zombie files", which are just left-over files that an installer doesn't clean up after installing the latest update.

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 08:43 PM

You can see what's installed with this..

Please download MiniToolBox, save it to your desktop and run it.

Checkmark the following checkboxes:
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Click Go and post the result (Result.txt). A copy of Result.txt will be saved in the same directory the tool is run.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 08:22 AM

11.2.202.229 is the Google Chrome version which is directly integrated into the GC browser and cannot be updated manually.

The other one, namely 11.2.202.233 is the current plugin for other browsers. There is a similar version for IE, but it has the suffix "_ax", but I don't know if Secunia provides that kind of detail or not.

Usually, there's only a single digit difference between the Google Chrome version and the plugin for other browsers. When 11.2.202.229 was released, the plugin version was 11.2.202.228, however, a printer issue arose for which Adobe released 11.2.202.233, but this issue didn't affect the GC release and that's why that version remains the same.

Edited by Xircal, 04 May 2012 - 08:24 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 09:23 AM

I have IE9, FF 12 & latest Chrome installed...PSI (latest) does not detect Chrome's Flash version, only the IE (Active X) & "other" browser (dll) versions:

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Chrome's native flash is gcswf32.dll, undetected by PSI:
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Edited by Union_Thug, 04 May 2012 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 04 May 2012 - 11:43 AM

Great responses everyone, and VERY helpful. I found more versions on a second check! Two were in my 'user' temp folder so I deleted those, and (apparently) it's common for Chrome to show more than one plug-in/version. It's not a security risk (they say), as the browser automatically uses the more current version. I will followup on some of the tips here. Thanks again.

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Posted 04 May 2012 - 12:23 PM

There's a new Flash player exploit doing the rounds - we seem to get one every week these days - but it only affects Internet Explorer apparently.

More on the story here: Adobe Flash Player update closes critical object confusion hole




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