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Critical Windows, Office, Office for Mac and Adobe updates

August 13, 2010

On August 10, 2010, Microsoft released new patches for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Office for Macintosh. Also, Adobe has released a patch for critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player.

* 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 patches to take effect.

To patch Microsoft Office for Macs:

If you are using Microsoft Office 2004 or 2008 on a Mac, use Microsoft AutoUpdate for Mac, which comes with Office, to check for updates or visit the Mac 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 Flash Player:

To patch Adobe Flash Player, go to:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

and upgrade your version of Flash Player to the latest version, 10.1.82.76. 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.

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

http://www.adobe.com/software/flash

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

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