CWUNewsNews Vulnerability Patch, 05 May 2014 11:10:05<p>Microsoft has now released a patch for this vulnerability. Even though support for Windows XP security patches was discontinued in early April, Microsoft released a patch for this operating system, as well. Microsoft stated this was done due to the severity of the vulnerability and the potential for many systems being compromised.</p><p>The patch is known as KB 2964358 and it should have been deployed to your CWU workstation already. You may have to restart your computer for the update to take effect.</p><p>Andreas Bohman<br>CISO</p>Internet Explorer Vulnerability, 29 Apr 2014 09:00:00<p>A serious vulnerability was identified in Internet Explorer over the weekend. It was serious enough that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an alert advising people to stop using it until it could be patched by Microsoft.</p><p>The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of DHS, issued the notice saying: "US-CERT is aware of active exploitation of a use-after-free vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer...this vulnerability affects IE versions 6 through 11 and could lead to the complete compromise of an affected system."</p><p>While there are some technical workarounds for this vulnerability, there are no known fixes at this time. The Security Services and Information Services departments are investigating the feasibility of implementing these workarounds until Microsoft releases a patch.</p><p>In the meantime, we recommend that you only use Internet Explorer for internal websites hosted by CWU (e.g. myCWU) and affiliated third-party vendors (e.g. Canvas). In the event you need to visit a non-CWU website, we recommend you use a different browser - such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox - or wait until a patch has been released.</p><p>We will keep you posted on any developments. If you have any question or want more information on this topic, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.</p><p>Andreas Bohman/CISO</p>Request Lab Software by May 1st, 17 Apr 2014 11:01:29<p>Fall quarter will be here before you know it.&nbsp; Information Services (IS) needs input from faculty who use the student computer labs for instruction.&nbsp; In order to get the labs ready for fall and subsequent quarters we need to know by May 1 what software will be required.&nbsp;&nbsp; This date also coincides with the deadline for fall book orders.</p><p>Information Services provides standard software for the labs that includes Windows 7 or Apple OS X and SPSS, Adobe suite, and Microsoft Office including Project.</p><p>For additional software that is needed please&nbsp; go to:&nbsp; <a href="/its-css/node/2217"></a>&nbsp; and look at&nbsp; the various options under “Student Computer Lab Info” on the left and for each software application that is needed and fill out the software request form at:</p><p><a href="/its-css/node/2470"></a></p><p>The following link&nbsp; <a href="/its-css/node/2469"></a>&nbsp; shows the current list of installed lab software.&nbsp; This list will change, so please do not assume that because the lab currently has software needed that it will be there next fall if it is not requested.&nbsp; Multiple labs and multiple quarters may be selected when requesting each application.</p><p>Any needed software must be provided with sufficient licensing for all computers in the lab where it is needed.&nbsp; We must honor license agreements and some software free for individual use is not legal for use at our institution without cost.</p><p>Please help us and request the software that will be needed for fall so that we may have time to get the lab ready for use over summer.&nbsp;</p><p>Jim Pruitt</p><p><em>Student Computer Lab Administrator</em><br><em>Computer Support Services</em></p>Windows XP Mitigation and Migration Update, 09 Apr 2014 10:43:19<p>If you have questions regarding the State's response to Windows XP support, please read the <a href="/its-css/sites/">attached memo</a> sent April 8th to Agency Directors and CIOs from Michael Cockrill, State Chief Information Officer.</p>