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March 2013 Critical Windows, Flash, and Office for Mac patches

March 15, 2013

On March 12, 2013, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows and for Office 2008 and 2011 for Macs. Adobe has also released critical patches for Flash Player.

* 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 Silverlight, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-022

for information about a critical update.

If you use Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-023

for information about a critical update.

If you administer a Microsoft SharePoint server, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-024

for information about a critical update.

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 Flash player is installed with IE 10 for Windows 8, it also will be automatically updated to the latest version.

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

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb13-09.html

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

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

To patch Microsoft Office for Macintoshes:

If you are using Microsoft Office for Mac, 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.