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August 2012 Critical Windows and Adobe patches

August 17, 2012

On August 14, 2012, Microsoft released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Windows. Adobe has also released critical patches for Flash Player, Reader, Acrobat and ShockWave Player.

If you are running Windows XP Service Pack 3, one of the patches is for a extremely critical vulnerability in Remote Desktop on systems running that OS.

* 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.

Other Windows patches:

If you use Microsoft Visio, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-059

for information about an critical patch.

If you are the Administrator for a Microsoft Exchange Server, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-058

for information about an critical patch.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches

Adobe released patches for versions 9 and 10 of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh.

If you are already using 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.

Adobe Flash Player patches:

To patch Adobe Flash Player, go to:

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

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. Note: Google Chrome should automatically update itself to use the latest version of Flash.

Additional information this patch is at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-18.html

Flash Player for Android is not affected by this vulnerability.

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

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

If you use Adobe Shockwave:

Go to:

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

to upgrade Shockwave to the latest version.

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