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May 2012 Critical Windows, Office and Adobe patches

May 11, 2012

On May 8, 2012, Microsoft released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, and Office for Macintosh. Adobe has also released critical patches for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Shockwave Player, Adobe Flash Professional, and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop..

* 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:

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

Other Windows patches:

If you use the .NET framework, see:

for information about a critical patch.

If you use the .NET framework or Microsoft Silverlight, see:

for information about a combined critical patch.

If you use Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010, see:

for information about a critical patch.

To patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office on a Macintosh, use Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac, which comes with Office, to check for updates or visit the Macintosh Office download page to get the latest updates:

If you will be manually installing updates, check the "system requirements" section on the download page to make sure that previous required updates have been installed.

Adobe Flash Player patches:

To patch Adobe Flash Player, go to:

and upgrade your version of Flash Player to the latest version.

If you view Flash content in both Internet Explorer and another browser, such as Firefox, you will need to patch Flash Player for both types of browsers. Note: Google Chrome should automatically update itself to use the latest version of Flash.

If you are using Flash on Android or Linux, see:

for update instructions.

To see which version of Flash Player you are running, visit:

If you use Adobe Shockwave:

Go to:

to upgrade Shockwave to the latest version.

Other Adobe patches

Adobe Flash Professional:

Adobe Illustrator:

Adobe Photoshop:

Please contact or call the SCS Help Desk (x8-4231) if you have questions or problems with applying these patches.

Thank you for your attention,

SCS Help Desk