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?
Adobe has posted some information and a fix for the recent issue with Adobe Photoshop CS6 registration/activations:
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!
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:
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.
Continue reading “Adobe CS6 Serialization fun”
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:
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.
Today Adobe released yet another Flash update. If you need to deploy it in an enterprise environment and head to http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/ to grab it, you might be surprised that what you download no longer includes an Apple package, and if you aren’t careful, the thing you download will try to install Google Chrome as well.
If you want the previous installer format, which was a disk image containing an application that contained an Apple package, you can still get it.
If you have not yet, you need to sign up to redistribute Adobe Flash here. Once you are approved, you’ll get a special link to download versions of the Flash installer that act like the previous ones.
At least for now.