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December 2012 Critical Windows and Adobe patches

December 14, 2012

On December 11, 2012, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows and Office. Adobe has also released critical patches for Flash Player, Photoshop, and Cold Fusion.

* 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 administer an Exchange Server, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-080

for information about a critical patch for a remotely exploitable code-execution vulnerability.

If you administer a SharePoint 2010 Server or an Office Web Apps 2010 server, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-079

for information about critical patches.

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.

If you are using Flash on Android or Linux, or use Adobe AIR, see:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-27.html

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

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

Other Adobe patches:

If you use the Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw plugin, see:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-28.html for information about a security patch.

If you use Adobe ColdFusion 10 or earlier, see:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-26.html

for information about a security patch.

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