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Critical Windows, Office, and Adobe patches

January 14, 2016

Microsoft has released critical patches for Windows and Office. Adobe has also released critical patches for Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player.

All Windows PCs must be patched

Note:: You may be prompted to install a new version of Windows Update this week. This is expected behavior as we have upgraded our Windows Update servers.

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 Silverlight - Remote code execution
  https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-006

How to patch Adobe Reader and Acrobat

To update your version of Reader or Acrobat, choose
  Help > Check for Updates
from the application's menu.

Additional information about these patches is at:
   https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb16-02.html

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/apsb16-01.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.