Microsoft Corporation has announced a critical new security vulnerability affecting Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft announced this vulnerability in a special security advisory that was released outside of its normal monthly cycle of security bulletins. CSSD recommends that users immediately identify and install the security update necessary to repair this vulnerability 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 new security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer that could be exploited if a user views a specially crafted Web page.
In addition to installing the Microsoft patch, CSSD also recommends that all users install Symantec Endpoint Protection software and use the LiveUpdate feature to get the latest virus definitions. As a complement to Symantec Endpoint Protection, CSSD offers a free version of Malwarebytes for individuals and departments. Students, faculty, and staff can download Malwarebytes and Symantec Endpoint Protection at no cost through the Software Download Service at My Pitt. Departments can submit a help request to obtain Malwarebytes for multiple machines.
Please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP  if you have any questions regarding this announcement.