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Serious Internet Explorer/Adobe Flash Security Vulnerabilities

Information has been released regarding two recently discovered security vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities affects Microsoft Internet Explorer; the other affects Adobe Flash Player. Please review the information and instructions below.

Microsoft Internet Explorer Vulnerability

The Internet Explorer vulnerability affects all active versions of the Internet Explorer browser and is executed via an Adobe Flash plugin.  Successful attacks lure users to specifically crafted web pages that  enable hackers to remotely take control of a system granting them the ability to access, change, and delete data, install malware, etc.

Microsoft has announced that they are working on a patch to fix the problem; however, information regarding when it will be available has not yet been released.

To ensure the protection of Longwood data it is strongly recommended that you discontinue use of Internet Explorer and use an alternative browser (Firefox, Chrome) until the patch is released and installed on your system by ITS.

It is also important to note that Microsoft will NOT release a patch for this vulnerability for Windows XP as support for that operating system was discontinued earlier this month. Users currently running Windows XP should discontinue use of Internet Explorer on Longwood systems and/or while connected to the Longwood VPN indefinitely.     

Adobe Flash Player Vulnerability

The Adobe Flash Player vulnerability affects Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems and is executed via web browsers. Like the Internet Explorer vulnerability discussed above, it can enable hackers to remotely control compromised systems.

On Monday, Adobe released security updates to address this vulnerability for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.


The update for Windows machines has been pushed via the network. A reboot is required for the update to install. If you have not rebooted your Windows machine since Monday, you should reboot as soon as possible in order to install the update.

Macintosh and Linux users should also update Flash Player and reboot. The updates are available at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

If you have questions, please contact User Support Services at 434-395-4357 or email helpdesk@longwood.edu.