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Known Issue with IE and Adobe Flash

Posted on April 30, 2014

Who: Wheaton College Faculty, Staff, and Students
What: Known Microsoft Internet Explorer and Adobe Flash Player Issues and what you should do to protect yourself

Details and What You Should Do:
LIS, wanted you to be aware that there are two known issues we are following closely. Both were reported over the weekend.

The first was discovered early this past weekend. Microsoft disclosed on Saturday its plans to fix the bug, which targets Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. For now we are advising that you use another internet browser i.e. Google Chrome, Firefox, etc. As soon as a fix is released it will be part of your regular update cycle and will happen automatically. PLEASE NOTE: Computers running Windows XP will not receive updates fixing this bug when they are released because Microsoft stopped supporting the 13-year-old operating system earlier this month. This support is for current Windows supported operating systems only. Windows XP computers should use another browser.

For more information: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/library/security/2963983

The other issue is with Adobe Flash player a plugin that most people use with internet browsers. Adobe issued an emergency patch yesterday (Apr. 28) for a critical security flaw in Adobe Flash Player currently being used in two different zero-day exploits . Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems are affected, and users should make sure browsers and any other program that uses Flash receives the Adobe updates. The flaw lets attackers infect web browsers through drive-by downloads from corrupted websites, and from there install and use more malware without a computer user's knowledge. Adobe acted quickly to patch the flaw. The company's security bulletin says some browsers will automatically install the update, such as Google Chrome for Mac, Windows and Linux and Internet Explorer 10 and 11 for Windows 8 and 8.1. Users of other browsers should download the updates manually from Adobe's website.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this ALERT, please contact support@wheatoncollege.edu

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