Microsoft Releases Critical Update KB3167685 to Patch Adobe Flash Vulnerability

Microsoft today released KB3167685 to patch an Adobe Flash Player critical vulnerability that was discovered earlier this week. It affects Windows 8.1 and up.

Microsoft today released KB3167685 to address an Adobe Flash Player critical vulnerability that was discovered earlier in the week. This patch is critical and applies to Windows 8.1 and higher including Server.

Adobe Flash Patch

KB3167685 Critical Update

According to Microsoft:

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player when installed on all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.

This security update is rated Critical. The update addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash libraries contained within Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge. For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3167685.

If you have automatic updates turned on or are running Windows 10, you should get this automatically. However, to make sure you’re on top of the situation, you can download it automatically in the other versions of Windows.

In Windows 10 go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

All Operating Systems Affected

Adobe Flash UnsecureThis security flaw affects more than just Windows. It includes Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS, too. Adobe first released a security advisory about this vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player earlier this week.

To check the version of Flash that’s running on your computer, go to the About Flash Player page. And you can get the latest downloads at the Flash Player Download Center.

These flaws will continue to come (probably at a more rapid pace) until Flash officially dies. So, until then, we leave you with the following advice we always do:

The best option is to uninstall Flash from your system completely and see if you can live without it. Unfortunately, that’s just not realistic for millions of users. A lot of websites and online websites still use Flash in lieu of the more secure HTML5 code base. (more than you would think).

There are ways to help protect yourself against Flash vulnerabilities that go beyond making sure it’s always up-to-date. For more tips on ways to minimize your risk when using Adobe Flash on your Mac or PC, check out our articles linked below.



  1. broken arrow

    June 17, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Windows Security update KB3167685 broke flash on Terminal server 2012 with IE 10
    awful flash/ad heavy sites like hang IE

    rebooted server just to make sure update was fully installed.. no change
    wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:3167685
    and everything seems to work
    BTW Chrome and FireFox had now issues with Site IE hung on.

    • Ryan

      June 23, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Same here. Removed it, and it’s all good now. RDS/Citrix 7.6 on Server 2012

  2. Stephan

    June 18, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    I have serious problems with this Security Patch (KB3167685) while using Chrome on Windows 10 on my Workstation.


    Thinkpad W530
    Nvidia Quado K1000M with Driver 364.72 (Performance and VR – Driver)
    1920×1080 Screen
    Dockingstation with two monitors (1920×1200 each) attached

    Whenever I played a video in fullscreen – mode or pressed F11 in Chrome (activates fullscreen) it crashed with a BSOD


    I could play all videos with Edge and had no problem so far. I removed the named Adobe Flash update and now everything works fine again.


    • Sixty

      June 23, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Yes! I have the same computer and the exact same thing is happening to me! WTF?? I have to uninstall that update but it keeps redownloading it

    • Anon

      July 5, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I also have the same computer. Also use Chrome. Got the following two blue screen errors

      DisplayPort and VGA port stopped working.

      Uninstalled display drivers and reinstalled latest. Restarted couple of times… Just started working again….

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