Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sun Releases Java(TM) 6 Update 22

As of October 12, 2010, the current version of Sun's Java client is Java(TM) 6 Update 22.

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 Carbonite Backup, Microsoft's Bing Toolbar, MSN Toolbar, or Installer. 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 .

Java SE 6 Update 22 includes performance improvements, several security vulnerabilities fixes, and support for new platforms. The full list of changes may be found here:

Monday, October 11, 2010

Security Alert - The name of the security certificate is invalid or does not match the name of the site

College of Ag Science faculty and staff with accounts of the Exchange server managed by Ag IT have reported the following Security Alert message when Outlook is opened.

Ag IT is working on fixing this issue causing the message. The issue is server-related but it is NOT a security risk to say "Yes" since the security certificate is OK.

As a workaround, you can hide the error message at the bottom of the screen so it doesn't pop up in your face again once you close the message.

Check back here for an update on this issue.

UPDATE: 9:53 AM The security certificate issue has been resolved and users should no longer get the pop up. If you still see the message, please close and reopen Outlook.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Adobe shipped a critical security update to its Adobe products on October 5, 2010 that addresses a vulnerability that can cause the application to crash and allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

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 the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader is version 9.4.0. If you have an earlier version of Adobe Acrobat Professional, version 8, Adobe has released an 8.2.5 update as well.

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

Note: Along with applying this update, we also recommend that you follow these steps to Secure Adobe Reader to Prevent Malware once you have your Adobe products updated!!

  1. To update Adobe Reader 9 to the current version, follow our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

  2. If your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional v8 or v9 installed as well, you should be able to use the built-in Updater program to update the software.
    a) From the Help menu choose Check for Updates.
    b) If updates were found, follow the on-screen steps to update.

    Note: If an update is downloaded, close Adobe before applying the update.
    Then re-open Adobe. Repeat steps a - b until no more updates are available.

    Note: If the automatic updater does not find the latest updates, and your version is not the most current one, go to the Acrobat for Windows downloads page. Scroll down to locate the update for your version. Download and install.

    Note: Earlier versions of Adobe Acrobat Professional (version 7 or lower) will not be patched.
If you have Adobe Reader version 8.x on your computer, you should remove this version and update to Adobe Reader 9.3. See our How To Install and Configure Adobe Reader v9 for Windows.

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