Adobe sent out an end-of-year surprise, so we start the new year of updates with a redo of a Flash update.
A week after its first response to Adobe’s end-of-2015 critical update, Microsoft issued a new update for the version of Flash embedded in Internet Explorer and Edge. Plus, some IE versions hit end of life.
Microsoft sends out a faulty Flash update
On Dec. 28, Adobe released a critical Flash Player update, Versions 22.214.171.1247 and 126.96.36.1990 (more info). The updates fixed 19 vulnerabilities in the media player. The next day, Microsoft sent out its Flash update for Windows 10 — KB 3132372. Unfortunately, that patch caused crashes with some apps running in Internet Explorer and Edge.
So on Jan. 5, Microsoft released KB 3133431 to fix the faulty patch. If you check Windows Update in Win10, you’ll see both KB 3132372 and KB 3133431.
What to do: On Win10 systems, ensure you’ve received KB 3133431; let it install as soon as possible. On other systems with Flash Player installed, you can use the Adobe tool (site) to check the installed version.
Alert: It’s the end for some IE versions
If your Windows 7 machine is still running Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10, you’ll get an upgrade nag from Microsoft in the Dec. 12 IE cumulative update. It’s Microsoft’s not-so-subtle way of warning you that support for those older versions of the browsers will soon end.
If for some reason you can’t move to IE 11, MS Support article 3123303 shows how to stop the notifications via a Registry change. The steps are detailed below for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems (they differ somewhat).