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April 2014 Critical Windows, Office, and Flash patches

April 11, 2014

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows, Office, and Office for Mac. Adobe has also released patches for Flash Player and Adobe AIR.

* 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.

Adobe Flash Player patches:

If you are running Flash Player version 12.0.0.77 or earlier on a Windows PC or a Mac, or version 11.2.202.346 or earlier on Linux, you should upgrade. To see which version of Flash you are running, visit:https://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/

If you are using the Flash Player that is installed with Google Chrome, or Internet Explorer 10 or 11, 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.

Additional information about this vulnerability and how to update Flash Player is at:https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-09.html

To patch Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac:

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

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.