KB3105216 Windows Update patches up security issues in Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer
Microsoft is rolling out a new Windows Update called KB3105216 for Windows operating systems 8 and above.
And yes it is a very important security update which patches up the security issues in Adobe Flash Player for the two browsers in the latest iteration of the Redmond Company’s operating system, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer.
Last week, Adobe Flash Player was found to be vulnerable to spear phishing attacks. The plugin maker promised to fix the security loophole this week.
It was only yesterday that we reported, that Adobe has updated its Flash Player plugin, to version 18.104.22.168 for Windows and Macintosh, and to 22.214.171.1240 for Linux. But that update was only available to browsers like Mozilla Firefox, which have the Adobe Flash Player plugin, as a third party component.
Google Chrome uses its own built in plugin called Pepper Flash Player, which is based on Adobe’s media plugin. This requires the Mountain View company to update the entire browser, just to patch the plugin.
Microsoft also uses a Flash Player built into its browsers, and similar to Chrome, it cannot be updated directly. The Redmond company has to roll out an update to patch up the plugin. Microsoft usually takes a few days to roll out the patch, after Adobe releases the new version of its Flash Player.
But this time things appear to be different, as Microsoft has released the update for its browsers within just 24 hours. Yes, the KB3105216 Windows Update does just that, and includes the security fixes for the issue which was reported last week.
Here is what the update information says in the settings app.
Security Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 10 for x64-based Systems (KB3105216)
Don’t let that fool you, it applies to Microsoft Edge too. Windows 10 should download the update automatically, but since the update seems to be rolling out in phases, so you may want to manually check for it by navigating to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update, to check if the update is available.
You can also download the security update manually and install it on your computer. Head over to the official Knowledge base article to download the update. The update is available for Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10 operating systems.
And yes, you will have to restart your computer from the Settings app’s Windows Update tab, to install the KB3105216 Update, as it applies to a core system app.