Yesterday’s crop of updates includes the usual pile from Microsoft, as well as a few from Adobe, for Flash and Reader.
Analysis of Microsoft’s Security Update Guide for February 2020 reveals that there are thirty-eight updates, addressing one hundred and one security issues in Internet Explorer, Edge (both the old and new versions), Flash embedded in Internet Explorer, Office, and Windows. Thirteeen of the updates have been flagged as Critical.
To install Microsoft updates, go to Windows Update in the Control Panel for older versions of Windows, and in
Update & Security for Windows 10. Alternatively, for Windows 10, you can just wait for the updates to be installed automatically.
The latest version of Flash, 188.8.131.520, fixes a single security vulnerability in earlier versions.
Update Flash on pre-Windows 10 computers by heading to the Windows Control Panel and running the Flash applet. On the
Updates tab, check the version and click the
Check Now button. Click the link to the Player Download Center. Make sure to disable any checkboxes for installing additional software, then click the big
Install Now button. Follow the prompts. You may have to restart your web browser for the update to finish.
Adobe Reader 2020.006.20034, also released this Patch Tuesday, includes fixes for seventeen security vulnerabilities in earlier versions.
Recent versions of Reader typically update themselves, but you can check your version and force an update by navigating Reader’s menu to
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