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February 2012 Critical Windows and Adobe patches

February 17, 2012

On February 14, 2012, Microsoft released patches for critical vulnerabilities in Windows. Adobe has also released critical patches for Adobe Flash, Shockwave, and RoboHelp for Word.

* 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 Silverlight or the .NET framework, see:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-016

for information about a critical patch.

If you are the administrator of a SharePoint Server, see:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-011

for information about an important patch

If you use Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010, see:http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-015

for information about a critical patch.

Adobe 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/apsb12-03.html

for update instructions.

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.

If you use Adobe RoboHelp for Word

Go to:http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-04.html

for update instructions.

Please contact help at 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