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December 2008 Critical Windows and Macintosh security updates

December 11, 2008

Microsoft released new patches for critical Windows and Microsoft Office vulnerabilities on December 9, 2008.

* 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

All Office 2000 users should also go to the site:

http://officeupdate.microsoft.com

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

If you are using Microsoft Office 2004 or Office 2008 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:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.mspx

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.

If you are running any of the following software, please visit the listed URL to obtain the necessary patches for your system:

Visual Basic 6.0, Visual Studio .NET 2002 & 2003, Visual FoxPro 8.0 & 9.0, Microsoft Office FrontPage, and Microsoft Project 2003 & 2007:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-070.mspx

Servers running Windows media services:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-076.mspx

Microsoft Office SharePoint Servers:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms08-077.mspx

Please contact help@cs.cmu.edu 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