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Critical Windows, Office and Adobe patches released

November 13, 2009

Microsoft released new patches for critical Windows and Microsoft Office vulnerabilities on November 10, 2009. Also, Adobe recently released critical patches for Adobe Shockwave Player.

* All Windows PCs and Macs 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.

patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

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.

To patch Adobe Shockwave Player:

Go to:

http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/

and upgrade your version to 11.5.2.602.

If you have any questions or problems applying these patches or if you have any issues with your PC after they are applied, please contact the SCS Help Desk at x8-4231 or send mail to help@cs.cmu.edu.

Thank you for your attention,

Help Desk