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November Critical Office, Office for Mac, and Adobe updates

November 12, 2010

On November 9, 2010, Microsoft released new patches for critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, and Office 2011 for Macintosh. Also, Adobe has recently released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Shockwave Player.

There are also current unpatched vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office 2004 and 2008 for Macintosh and in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.

* 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.

To patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office 2011 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:

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.

Adobe patches:

To patch Adobe Flash Player

Go to:

and upgrade your version of Flash Player to the latest version. 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. Visit:

to see which version of Flash Player you are running. If you are using Flash Player on a non-Windows platform, see:

for information on how to get an update for your operating system.

If you are using Adobe Shockwave

Go to:

to upgrade Shockwave to the latest version.

Please contact 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