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Critical Windows Security Update

April 5, 2007

Microsoft released a critical Windows security update on April 3, 2007. The security update addresses a vulnerability with animated cursor files, which is being actively exploited and is considered by Microsoft and the security community to be critical enough to warrant this out of cycle patch.

* All Windows PCs must be patched. *

To patch your PC:

Click on the update icon on the taskbar (it is a globe or yellow shield with an exclamation point, depending on which version of Windows you're running).

If you do not have such an icon, run Windows Update by going to the site:http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com

After patching, you must reboot your PC in order for the patch to take effect.

Additional information about the vulnerabilities addressed in this patch can be found at:http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-017.mspx

Microsoft and others are reporting some problems caused by the patch, though Facilities has seen no problems with supported applications. More information on known problems with this patch can be found at:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935448

If you have any questions or problems applying these patches, please contact the SCS Help Desk at x8-4231 or send mail to help@cs.cmu.edu.

Thank you for your attention,

SCS Help Desk