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===Announcements===
 
===Announcements===
 
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==UMIACS Security Alert Feb 28th 2014==
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As everyone is aware due to the recent security issues on campus our
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cadence of monthly security patches has been important for the
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Institute.  However there are a number of Critical level security
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issues that have appeared in the last week.  This means that we will
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need to patch our systems outside of our scheduled[1] monthly
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maintenance windows.
  
== APC Surge Protector Recall ==
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Supported Windows users you will see a prompt from LANDesk asking you
APC recently issued a recall of surge protectors manufactured before the year 2003 due to potential fire hazards when overheating as a result of abnormal electrical conditions. We will handle the recall process for any affected devices you may have. Please see [[APC | this page]] for more details.
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to patch your system and will require a reboot. You may defer this up
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to 6 times, 24 hours apart.
  
==Mavericks and Backups==
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Supported RHEL/Ubuntu users please make sure that you have restarted
The most recent version of OSX, Mavericks, is incompatible with our deployed version of Druva.  Druva is our backup software and we have upgraded it to support Mavericks.  However, you will need to upgrade your Druva client.  You can get the latest version of the client [[Druva/setup#Getting_the_client | here]].  Alternatively you can bring your laptop to the helpdesk and we will upgrade it for you.
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your Firefox browser by Thursday March 6th 2014 at 8pm as we will be
==Adobe Acrobat Reader on Linux (RHEL/Ubuntu)==
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killing any Firefox processes that are older than Feb 26th 2013 at
We regret to inform our users that we will no longer be able to provide
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that time.
this application on our supported Linux systems (Windows and Mac
 
systems will not be impacted).  We will be removing and blacklisting it
 
from our installed systems during our November maintenance window.
 
  
The reason for this change is that there are several known
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Finally we want to get the word out of two very important security
vulnerabilities in the last version for UNIX systems (9.5.5).  Adobe
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issues in the Apple ecosystem.  There is a particularly bad SSL
has declined to fix these issues and has instead deprecated the
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vulnerability in both Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks[2] and iOS 7.0.x[3] and
product[1].  Adobe has also declined to support a UNIX client in
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6.1.x[4].  If you have a self supported Mac or have a iPhone/iPad/iPod
version 10 or version 11.  Red Hat has already advised its users to
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we would encourage at your earliest convince to update.
disable and remove the application effective immediately[2].
 
  
Additionally, due to the recent security breach acknowledged by
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If you have any questions you can always contact staff@umiacs.umd.edu
Adobe that has compromised their closed source product[3],  it is
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or our [[HelpDesk]].
only logical to expect more vulnerabilities to be found.
 
  
As such, during our November maintenance window we will be removing the
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# - https://wiki.umiacs.umd.edu/umiacs/index.php/Downtime
application from our systems. We encourage our users to remove it from
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# - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6150
any self-supported machines they administer. Please email
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# - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6147
staff AT umiacs.umd.edu if you have any further questions.
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# - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6146
  
The following are the alternative PDF readers supported:
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== APC Surge Protector Recall ==
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APC recently issued a recall of surge protectors manufactured before the year 2003 due to potential fire hazards when overheating as a result of abnormal electrical conditions. We will handle the recall process for any affected devices you may have. Please see [[APC | this page]] for more details.
  
<b>RHEL5:</b> evince or kpdf<br>
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==Mavericks and Backups==
<b>RHEL6</b>: evince or okular<br>
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The most recent version of OSX, Mavericks, is incompatible with our deployed version of DruvaDruva is our backup software and we have upgraded it to support Mavericks.  However, you will need to upgrade your Druva clientYou can get the latest version of the client [[Druva/setup#Getting_the_client | here]].  Alternatively you can bring your laptop to the helpdesk and we will upgrade it for you.
<b>Ubuntu</b>: evince or okular
 
 
 
#- http://www.adobe.com/support/products/enterprise/eol/eol_matrix.html#863
 
# - http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-1402.html
 
# - http://blogs.adobe.com/asset/2013/10/illegal-access-to-adobe-source-code.html
 
 
 
==Java==
 
Due to the frequency and severity of recent Java vulnerabilities, it is strongly advised that '''Java be disabled''' in all browsers on your workstationsIf you do require Java, it is recommended to maintain a second, '''separate browser''', solely for the instances which require JavaFor instructions on disabling Java on your workstation, please see the following: [[JavaDisableBrowser|How to disable Java]]
 
 
 
 
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Revision as of 20:53, 28 February 2014

Announcements

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UMIACS Security Alert Feb 28th 2014

As everyone is aware due to the recent security issues on campus our cadence of monthly security patches has been important for the Institute. However there are a number of Critical level security issues that have appeared in the last week. This means that we will need to patch our systems outside of our scheduled[1] monthly maintenance windows.

Supported Windows users you will see a prompt from LANDesk asking you to patch your system and will require a reboot. You may defer this up to 6 times, 24 hours apart.

Supported RHEL/Ubuntu users please make sure that you have restarted your Firefox browser by Thursday March 6th 2014 at 8pm as we will be killing any Firefox processes that are older than Feb 26th 2013 at that time.

Finally we want to get the word out of two very important security issues in the Apple ecosystem. There is a particularly bad SSL vulnerability in both Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks[2] and iOS 7.0.x[3] and 6.1.x[4]. If you have a self supported Mac or have a iPhone/iPad/iPod we would encourage at your earliest convince to update.

If you have any questions you can always contact staff@umiacs.umd.edu or our HelpDesk.

  1. - https://wiki.umiacs.umd.edu/umiacs/index.php/Downtime
  2. - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6150
  3. - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6147
  4. - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6146

APC Surge Protector Recall

APC recently issued a recall of surge protectors manufactured before the year 2003 due to potential fire hazards when overheating as a result of abnormal electrical conditions. We will handle the recall process for any affected devices you may have. Please see this page for more details.

Mavericks and Backups

The most recent version of OSX, Mavericks, is incompatible with our deployed version of Druva. Druva is our backup software and we have upgraded it to support Mavericks. However, you will need to upgrade your Druva client. You can get the latest version of the client here. Alternatively you can bring your laptop to the helpdesk and we will upgrade it for you.

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Technical Reference

Welcome to UMIACS Wiki. This is the main place to find documentation and information about your account and the technical services that UMIACS offers. If this is your first time please start here Getting Started.

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Please check here if you are interested in Ordering Equipment.

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