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Forum Thread: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"

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Adobe Flash CS3 9.x

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Moonwink Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
Member 11th Aug, 2010 23:41
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Another new version of "Search Rules" and the problem with CS3 Flash.exe continues. When I click on the FIX, I get an update for FlashPlayer but nothing for Flash. A search of Adobe's website for an up is fruitless. If there is an update, where can I get it. If there isn't an update, why does Secunia recommend I update it. What good will updating FlashPlayer do?


Below is the message PSI displays:

This installation of Adobe Flash CS3 is insecure and potentially exposes your system to security threats!

Secunia strongly recommends that you update this program by installing the update that is provided by the vendor of this program.



Anyone have a solution for this continuing problem?

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wr RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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Hi Moonwink & welcome to the Forum

The CS3 & Flashplayer problem continues I see.

I don't use anything but the standalone version of
FlashPlayer but I've seen a lot of posts with your problem.

The enclosed link, which I suggest you read through
completely may have a solution for you. Study the post from
the Secunia Official for the solution.

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/452...

Hope this helps & good luck.

Regards, wr





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Moonwink RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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The problem isn't with FlashPlayer. It's with Flash.exe. I've downloaded and installed the FlashPlayer update several times looking for Flash.exe without success.

The message string at the link you posted only addresses a problem with the FlashPlayer update. I had to replace at least 3 instances of it.

I started Flash.exe, went into HELP and UPDATES - after searching for them, Adobe reported there were no updates available.

Still looking for a solution.
Thanks for the help.
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wr RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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I understand your problem isn't with FlashPlayer-
the solution given by Morten Hansen, the Secunia official,
was what I thought you needed.

"Hi

This is a rather strange update and not very user friendly

Rename the downloaded file to FlashPlayer.exe

Replace the old FlashPlayer.exe located in the "Players" folder in the Flash CS3 folder.

Rescan with the PSI and you should now be flagged as "patched"."

Regards, wr

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Moonwink RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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Last edited on 12th Aug, 2010 05:58
I guess I'm sort of dense on this one. I can't understand why I'd want to fiddle with FlashPlayer when Flash is the program Secunia has identified as the culprit. Flash.exe is over 18mb. FlashPlayer is only 3mb. I replaced several copies of FlashPlayer in every directory it appeared and the warning for it no longer appear. Flash is a completely different program than FlashPlayer.

I don't have any OLD FlashPlayer to replace.

Is the advice to overwrite Flash.exe with an update for FlashPlayer?
I don't think I'll do that. It just doesn't make sense. It's like mixing apples and grapefruit. Completely different programs with a completely different purpose.

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wr RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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After looking over 9 threads that go back 1 year, here is
more proof of the process to solve your problem. I've
included the quote from Emil Petersen, Secunia Official,
plus included the link for that thread where other people
have applied this method & it worked. As you'll see in the
thread, Adobe suggests this method to apply the security
update to their product.

The PSI has identified a vulnerability & suggested a 'fix'.
It's now up to you to apply the fix or ignore the warning &
possibly lose control of your system to the 'bad guys'.

"Hi,

As our instructions specify, you have to rename the file (Per adobe's own instructions). I realize this may seem strange to you, but it really is the solution. The PSI detects one file, and extract version information from another. The one called "Flash.exe" is for detection, "FlashPlayer.exe" for version info.

If you follow the below instructions (also seen in the PSI) and rescan, you should be shown as up to date.

Please Rename the downloaded file to FlashPlayer.exe
Replace the old FlashPlayer.exe located in the "Players" folder in the Flash CS3 folder.
Rescan with the PSI and you should now be flagged as "patched"

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Kind regards,

Emil R. Petersen
Secunia PSI Support

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/440...

Good luck & hope this helps.

As it's almost 1:00 am here in the US I'm off to beddy bye.
Will check sometime later today (12th) on your progress.

Regards, wr

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Member 12th Aug, 2010 09:32
Hi,

If you rescan and click "+" to expand the entry for Adobe Flash CS3, you will also notice that the update instructions that Anthony reproduces above have been added to this product. The instructions quoted above have solved issues similar to yours before.

If any of the posts in this thread answers your question, please choose "Accept" next to the post that did, which will lock the thread.
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Arodin RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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Before updating Adobe Flash Player, you should do the following.

It is recommended by Adobe.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html

These are instructions on how to properly Uninstall Flash Player



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wr RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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@Moonwink-Doesn't make sense to me either,but obviously
the solution works. Maybe it's because FlashPlayer is
embedded in the .exe & that's why it's detected that way.
Maybe Secunia doesn't either, per this quote: "Hi,

The instructions now show in the PSI, and the one we've directed users to, is the only outlined in the Adobe patch notes. In Secunia, we only link to the vendor's solutions, and provide their tips. I agree this is a very inconvenient way to update, but it is the official, recommended way.

hope this helps."

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Kind regards,

Emil R. Petersen
Secunia PSI Support

Now that your problem is solved would you please
press the ACCEPT button to lock this thread
& keep you & I from receiving unnecessary updated emails.

Regards, wr


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ddmarshall RE: Still unable to update "Flash.exe" to fix "Insecurity"
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Last edited on 12th Aug, 2010 22:57
If you haven't found it, the only information about this from Adobe is here:

http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads...

Secunia used the flash.exe file to detect the presence of CS3. It is not the vulnerable file. Usually, the a difference between the file used for detection and the vulnerable file does not cause any difficulties as the manufacturer's update process takes care of everything. The problem here is the extremely rudimentary process provided by Adobe.

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