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January Critical Windows and Adobe patches released

January 15, 2010

Microsoft released new patches for critical Windows vulnerabilities on January 12, 2010. Adobe also released critical patches for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat on that date.

* 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.

Adobe updates

All users of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, on Windows, Macs and Unix/Linux hosts, should make sure that they are running the most recent version of this software, version 9.3. If you are running version 9 of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, you can install the updates by opening the application and selecting: Help > Check for Updates.

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

Alternatively, to upgrade all Windows versions of Adobe Reader to 9.3, you can run the updater at:

\\monolith.srv.cs.cmu.edu\pc_dist\adobe\acrobat reader\9.3\SCS-AdobeReader-All-93.exe

More information about the Adobe security updates, including update information for Unix/Linux hosts and Macintoshes, can be found at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-02.html

If you have any questions or problems applying these patches, please contact the SCS Help Desk at x8-4231 or send mail to help@cs.cmu.edu.

Thank you for your attention,

Help Desk