Downloading and deploying Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.1996
Over the weekend of January 24th, Adobe released Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.526 to fix a critical vulnerability. This update was available for installation via the Flash auto-update, but there was nothing available for a manual download. This lack of a separate download meant that Mac admins didn’t have a way to get an installer for distribution to the Macs in their environments.
Adobe has stated that a manual download will be available during the week of January 26, but for the moment, it appears that the auto-update mechanism is the only way Adobe is distributing this update.
Update 1-26-2015: A 184.108.40.2066 installer is now available on the Adobe Flash Player Distribution site (not linked because you gain access to the site after getting a valid Adobe Flash Player Distribution License Agreement in place.)
Update 2 – 1-26-2015: The AutoPkg download recipe for Adobe Flash has been updated to now download and decode the install_all_mac_pl_sgn.z file from Adobe’s Flash Player update feed for Macs. If you’re using AutoPkg, update your repos and you should get the changes. For more information on the actual recipe changes, see here.
Adobe’s desktop auto-updater is downloading the following file:
curl http://fpdownload2.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/update/current/install/install_all_mac_pl_sgn.z > /path/to/install_all_mac_pl_sgn.z
security cms -D -i /path/to/install_all_mac_pl_sgn.z > /path/to/install_all_mac_pl.dmg
Once the disk image file is available, it can be used as a source by AutoPkg recipes. This option is available via the -p or –pkg option for AutoPkg’s run function.
To create an Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.116 installer package, run the following command:
autopkg run AdobeFlashPlayer.pkg -p /path/to/install_all_mac_pl.dmg
You should also be able to substitute other AdobeFlashPlayer recipes as well. Greg was able to add Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.1686 to his Munki repo with the AdobeFlashPlayer.munki recipe and I verified that I could upload Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.1246 to my Casper server:
autopkg run AdobeFlashPlayer.jss -p /path/to/install_all_mac_pl.dmg