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September 2013 Critical Windows, Adobe, and Office 2011 for Mac patches

September 13, 2013

On September 10, 2013, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows, Office, and Office 2011 for Macs. Adobe has also released critical patches for Adobe Acrobat, Reader, 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 are the administrator for a SharePoint server, see:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-067

for information about a critical remote code execution vulnerability.

Adobe Acrobat and Reader patches:

Adobe released patches for versions X and XI of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh.

You can install the updates for Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat 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. 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/apsb13-21.html

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

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

If you use Adobe Shockwave:

See:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb13-23.html

for information about a critical update.

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.