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November 2012 Critical Windows, Office, and Adobe patches

November 16, 2012

On November 13, 2012, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows, Office, and Office for Macintosh. Adobe has also released critical patches for Flash Player and Shockwave.

* 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 the .NET framework, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-074

for information about a critical patch.

If you are the administrator for a Microsoft IIS server, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-073

for information about an important patch.

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/apsb12-24.html

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.

To patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office 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.

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