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August 2014 Critical Windows and Adobe patches

August 15, 2014

On August 12, 2014, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows. Adobe has also released critical patches for Flash Player, AIR, Adobe Reader, and Adobe Acrobat. NOTE: The Adobe Reader/Acrobat patches only apply to Windows hosts.

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.

If you use Microsoft OneNote, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS14-048/

for information about a critical update for a remote code execution vulnerability.

If you are the administrator for a SharePoint server, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS14-050/

for information about an important update.

If you are the administrator for a Microsoft SQL Server, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS14-044/

for information about an important update.

If you use the .NET framework, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS14-046/

for information about an important update.

Adobe Flash Player patches:

If you are running Flash Player version 14.0.0.145 or earlier on a Windows PC or a Mac, or version 11.2.202.394 or earlier on Linux, you must 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.

If you use Adobe AIR, see:

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-16.html

for update information.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches:

NOTE: These patches apply to Windows hosts. Macs running OS X are not affected.

If you are running version 11.0.07 or earlier of Adobe Reader XI or Acrobat XI, or version 10.1.10 or earlier of Adobe Reader X or Acrobat X, you must update.

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/reader/apsb14-19.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.