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January 2014 Critical Windows, Adobe and Office patchess

January 17, 2014

On January 14, 2014, Microsoft released critical patches for Windows and Office. Adobe has also released critical patches for Adobe Reader, Acrobat, and Flash Player.

* 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 use Microsoft Dynamics AX, see:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-004

for information about an important patch.

Adobe Reader and Acrobat patches:

Adobe released patches for critical vulnerabilities in 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/

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://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-02.html

for update information

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

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

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