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Critical Windows, Office, and Flash patches

April 15, 2016

Microsoft has released critical patches for Windows and Office. Adobe has released critical patches for Flash Player. Some of the Flash Player patches fix vulnerabilities are currently being exploited to install ransomware.

All Windows PCs must be patched

To patch your PC

Click on the update icon on the taskbar.

If you do not have such an icon, run Windows Update by clicking the "Start" button, click "All Programs", and then click "Windows Update".

After patching, you must reboot your PC in order for the patches to take effect.

Other Windows patches

Microsoft .NET Framework - Code execution vulnerability
  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-041Skype for business and Microsoft Lync - Remote code execution
  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-039

How to patch Adobe Flash Player

To see your current version of Flash, and the most recent patched version of Flash for your browser, visit:
  https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

If you are using the Flash Player that is installed with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer on Windows 8 or 10, or Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, your version of Flash on that browser will be updated automatically.

To upgrade Flash if you are not using one of the above browsers, download it from:
  https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Each browser that you use to view Flash content will need to be updated.

For additional details about these patches and instructions for patching Adobe AIR, see:
  https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb16-10.html

Please contact help@cs.cmu.edu or call the SCS Help Desk (x8-4231) if you have questions or problems with applying these patches.