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Critical Windows, Office, and Adobe patches

May 12, 2017

Microsoft has released critical patches for Windows and Office. Adobe has released critical patches for Flash Player. Some of these patches fix vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited.

*All Windows PCs must be patched and rebooted*

Because of the large amount of Windows updates that Facilities released last month, if you have not installed updates in a while or have not rebooted your system(s) in over a month, you may have to go through several rounds of installing and rebooting this time, if these updates are missing on your system(s). Additionally you may notice your system(s) taking longer than normal to install these updates.

To patch your Windows 7 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.

To patch your Windows 10 PC

Click on the update icon on the taskbar.

If you do not have such an icon, click the “Start” button with the Windows logo, then click the “Settings” gear icon along the left side of the Start menu.

Click the “Update & Security” category in Settings, the click the “Check for Updates” button.

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

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, see:

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb17-15.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.