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Critical Windows, Office, Office for Mac and Adobe updates

October 15, 2010

On October 12, 2010, Microsoft released new patches for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Office for Macintosh. Also, Adobe has recently released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Air.

* 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 Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office 2004 or 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.

Other Microsoft patches:

If you administer a Microsoft Sharepoint server, see:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms10-072.mspx

for information about a information disclosure vulnerability.

Adobe patches:

To patch Adobe Reader/Acrobat:

If you are already using 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 9.4 you can run the updater on MONOLITH at

PC_Dist\Adobe\Acrobat Reader\9.4\SCS-AdobeReader-All-94.exe

To patch Adobe Flash Player

Go to:

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

and upgrade your version of Flash Player to the latest version, 10.1.85.3. 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:

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

to see which version of Flash Player you are running.

If you are using Adobe AIR:

Go to:

http://get.adobe.com/air/

and upgrade your version of Adobe AIR to the latest version, 2.0.4.

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