October Microsoft Security Bulletins Include Vulnerabilities Affecting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Microsoft Corporation has announced four new critical security vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Internet Explorer. CSSD recommends that users immediately identify and install the security update necessary to repair these vulnerabilities by using the Pitt Software Update Service.

If you are not already using this service, you can install it using the Software Download Service. Log in to My Pitt (my.pitt.edu), select Software Downloads from the right-hand side of the main page, and click the Software Download Service Login link. Search for "Software Update Service" and follow the instructions to download and install it.

The correct updates for your computer will then be installed on the schedule you specify. Updates will be available through the Pitt Software Update Service by Thursday, October 10.

Please note that Microsoft is aware of targeted attacks that attempt to exploit some of the vulnerabilities discovered in Internet Explorer 8 and 9. For this reason, CSSD recommends that the software updates for these vulnerabilities be applied as soon as possible. Please refer to Microsoft's Web site for instructions on manually installing updates.

In addition to installing the Microsoft patches, CSSD also recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. Symantec EndPoint Protection is available at no cost to students, faculty, staff, and departments from CSSD Software Distribution Services, 204 Bellefield Hall, and from the Software Download Service at My Pitt.

Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] if you have any questions regarding this announcement.


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