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October 2013 Critical Windows, Adobe, and Office 2011 for Mac patches

October 11, 2013

On October 8, 2013, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows, Office, and Office 2011 for Macs. Adobe has also released critical patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.4) on Windows, and for Adobe RoboHelp.

* 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 are the administrator for a SharePoint server, see:

for information about a critical remote code execution vulnerability.

If you use the .NET framework, see:

for information about a critical patch for a remote code execution vulnerability.

Adobe Acrobat and Reader patches:

Adobe released patches for version XI (11.0.041) of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat for Windows. Note that the problem fixed by these patches does not affect Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Macintoshes or earlier versions of this software.

You can install the updates for Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat by opening the application and selecting:

Help > Check for Updates.

Follow the given instructions to download and install updates for your Adobe products.

Adobe RoboHelp patches:

If you use Adobe RoboHelp 10, go see:

for information about a critical patch.

To patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office for Mac, 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.

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