Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sun Releases Java(TM) 6 Update 14

As of May 29, 2009, the current version of Sun's Java client is Java(TM) 6 Update 14.

Action Required:
If you see the Java Update icon or "Java Update Available" balloon in the lower right corner of the screen, the latest version of Java should be ready to install. You can click the icon and follow its prompts to apply the update. Note: We recommend that you do not install any offered "extras" like the MSN Toolbar, Installer or Microsoft's Live Search. Please un-check these options if they appear.

Or, our How To Update Sun's Java Software,, has complete steps on how to install Java from either the "Java Update Available" message or how to download and install Java manually .

This release contains feature enhancements that includes support for Internet Explorer 8. The full list of changes may be found here:

Previously, older versions of Sun Java were not removed from your computer when you updated. You had to manually remove older versions of Sun Java from your computer. This has now changed. You no longer need to remember to remove the previous Java version.

Updates for Adobe Reader 9 and Adobe Acrobat Professional 7, 8, & 9 Are Available

Adobe shipped a critical security update to its Adobe products on June 9, 2009 that patches 13 critical bugs in Reader 9.1.1 and Acrobat 9.1.1 or earlier versions. This update resolves a stack overflow and integer overflow bugs that lead to code execution potential and Denial of Service attack/code execution. Additional memory corruption and heap overflow vulnerabilities were also fixed.

Note: To determine the version of any of the above applications, open the Adobe program. Then from the Help menu choose About Adobe, (name of program). You should see the version listed in a new box. Then, you can click anywhere on this box to close it.

The current version of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader is version 9.1.2. If you have earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional, version 7 or 8, Adobe has released 7.1.3 and 8.1.6 updates as well.

Note: If you have Adobe Reader version 8.x on your computer, you should remove this version and updater to Adobe Reader 9.1.1. See our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

Action Required: Ag IT recommends that College of Ag Science faculty and staff update any Adobe products to their current version.

To apply these updates:

  1. Close all other programs and then open your version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat Professional.
  2. From the Help menu choose Check for Updates.
  3. If updates were found, they should begin to download. If not, click the Download and Install Updates button.
  4. When the update is ready, click Install Now.
  5. The updater will prompt you to close the program before the update can be installed. Click Continue.

    Note: The Installation Progress window may be minimized to the lower right of the screen (in the notification tray). To see the Installation Progress window, right click on its white icon and choose Show Progress.

  6. When the process completes, click Quit.
  7. The Adobe Reader or or Acrobat Professional program will re-open.
  8. From the Help menu choose Check for Updates. If no updates are available, click Quit.
  9. Close Adobe Reader or or Acrobat Professional.
Note: Earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional (version 6 or lower) will not be patched.

The Adobe Security bulletin, Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat, has additional information and links.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

QuickTime 7.6.2 Update Released

On June 1, 2009, an updated version of QuickTime was released (7.6.2). This update fixes an issue where opening a maliciously crafted movie file may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution. In simple terms, malware could be installed on your computer. See more details here (Scroll down to the Security Updates section and click the link for QuickTime 7.6.2).

QuickTime is installed on all Enterprise computers. Apple's QuickTime software allows your Enterprise computer to view graphics, videos, on-line video streams (ex: Candidate Interviews in the College), and more.

Action Required: Please see our How To Install QuickTime for Windows using the Standalone Installer for steps on updating QuickTime to the latest version.