December, 2018: Patch Monday: Adobe Flash Exploited in the Wild

Welcome to this December Patch Monday Bulletin. This month brings updates to Acrobat/Reader, Flash, iCloud/iTunes for Windows, Chrome, and Firefox. The most important vulnerability this month is CVE-2018-15982 which affects Adobe Flash Player. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild and could result in arbitrary code execution. It may be a good time to sit down and figure out whether flash is necessary in your environment and review flash configuration settings. Follow up with Adobe Acrobat/Reader due to the extreme amount of vulnerabilities that are remediated with this update. Review the environment for the presence of Chrome or Firefox and update accordingly. Finally, apply updates to iTunes and iCloud if they are used in the environment.

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So, without further ado, here’s the chart of non-MS patches that affect Windows platforms in the past month.

Patch data provided by:



Product Version Affected

Date Released by Vendor

Vulnerability Info

Severity / Our Recommendation

Multiple CVE’s

Adobe Acrobat and Reader

Windows Continuous 2019.008.20081 and earlier

MacOS Continuous 2019.008.20080 and earlier

Windows Classic 2017 2017.011.30106 and earlier

macOS Classic 2017 2017.011.30105 and earlier

Windows Classic 2015 2015.006.30457 and earlier

macOS Classic 2015

2015.006.30456 and earlier


Arbitrary Code Execution, Privilege Escalation, Information Disclosure

Critical Priority 2: Update within 30 days

Multiple CVE’s

Adobe Flash

Player and earlier

Installer and earlier


Arbitrary Code Execution,

Privilege Escalation

Critical Priority 1: Update within 72 hours

Multiple CVE’s

Apple iCloud for Windows

Before 7.9


Arbitrary Code Execution, Spoofing

Update after testing

Multiple CVE’s

Apple iTunes for Windows

Before 12.9.2


Arbitrary Code Execution, Spoofing

Update after testing

Multiple CVE’s

Google Chrome

Before 71.0.3578.98


Information Disclosure, Spoofing, Denial of Service, Security Bypass, Arbitrary Code Execution

Update after testing

Multiple CVE’s

Mozilla Firefox

Before 64/ESR 60.4


Denial of Service, Security Bypass

Update after testing

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