Flash Player 20 and Analytics

Flash Player 10Flash Player was a frequent topic on this blog in the past. But Adobe has improved its packaging, and tools like AutoPkg have taken away much of the pain around deploying frequent Flash Player updates.

Yesterday, Adobe released Flash Player 20. A new addition is an executable at /Library/Application Support/Adobe/FPFeedbackService. Poking at this executable using strings makes it clear the tool reports analytics back to Adobe.

Some fine people on the MacAdmins Slack channel poked at it some more with Hopper and determined it can be turned off by adding DisableAnalytics=1 to a configuration file at /Library/Application Support/Macromedia/mms.cfg.

If you wish to disable Flash analytics in your fleet, then, one approach would be to install a properly configured mms.cfg file. The https://github.com/munki/munki-pkg-projects repo has a project you can use to build such a package: https://github.com/munki/munki-pkg-projects/tree/master/AdobeFlashConfiguration

The AdobeFlashConfiguration project is designed for use with the munki-pkg tool.

More info on Flash analytics here: https://osxbytes.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/flash-player-20-0-0-235-adds-phone-home-analytics/

Flash Player 20 and Analytics

XProtect Updater Redux

In the past 24 hours, Apple has released an update to the XProtect malware definitions. If your Macs have received the latest XProtect definitions, Adobe Flash Player will be blocked unless it is the version current as of yesterday (11.5.502.149).

If you have already updated your clients to that version of the Flash Player, good for you!

If you don’t want to be surprised by this sort of thing and have to scramble to address it, might I point you here?

XProtect Updater Redux

Fix for Adobe CS6 activation issue

PSCS6
Adobe has posted some information and a fix for the recent issue with Adobe Photoshop CS6 registration/activations:

http://blogs.adobe.com/oobe/2013/01/32767-days-left-but-whos-counting.html

This issue appears to have been triggered by the Photoshop CS6 13.0.2 and/or 13.0.3 updates. The official recommendation on a fix is to update Photoshop CS6 to 13.0.4, then use the APTEE tool to remove and reapply serialization. See the above post for more details.

The APTEE tool is not exactly easy to use to deploy this fix in an enterprise environment; you need to install it on all your machines and also run a script (which you must write, test, and debug) on all your machines to perform the unserialization/reserialization.

Later today I will post a tool to help you create a standard Apple package to perform these steps. If you have some way to distribute and install Apple packages on your machines, you’ll be able to do the unserialization/reserialization by installing a package.

Check back later!

Fix for Adobe CS6 activation issue

Adobe CS6 Serialization fun

Recently (starting some time after the first of the year), we’ve started having users call and tell us that their formerly working install of Adobe Photoshop CS6 was now asking for a sign-in:

AdobeIDrequired

We could not figure out why this was happening. An uninstall and reinstall of our AAMEE3-generated installation package seemed to get things working. But then the same users would call back the next day with the same issue.

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Adobe CS6 Serialization fun

Still more on Flash Installers

A follow up from today’s earlier post: some commenters mention that the disk image they downloaded contains a package like “normal”.

I’ve found at least five versions of the 11.5.502.146 installer:

Downloads

All of these were downloaded today. Which version you get seems to depend on which browser you use!

Safari may lead you to one (if you decline the suggestion to also install Chrome you get a different one); Chrome returns another, and Firefox returns still another! And if you register to redistribute Flash and use the special URL you are given if/when you are approved for redistribution, you get yet another version.

And yet none of these are simply Apple packages. Sigh. They are either disk images that contain an application that contains a package, or disk images that contain an application that downloads another disk image that contains an application that contains a package.

On a related note, I recently watched Inception.

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