ECS Events and Alerts
April 30, 2014 - 5:00pm
Microsoft announced a zero day exploit for Internet Explorer versions 6-11 that takes advantage of a Flash vulnerability. ECS has modified Windows so that if you close and re-open IE after 11:30am 4/30/14, you will be protected from that exploit. To ensure that all managed computers are protected, ECS will close all open IE sessions at 5pm on Wednesday, 4/30/14. Please close IE before that time.
For personally administered Windows computers, run Windows update because Microsoft put out a patch for the IE exploit on 5/1/14.
May 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
If you are running Firefox 29 and PDF pages are printing as blanks, go to Options | Applications (illustration on left below) and find Portable Document Format (PDF). Change the action from Preview in Firefox to Use Adobe Acrobat (illustration on right below).
May 3, 2014 - 9:00am to 1:00pm
Turnitin has a scheduled maintenance window on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The service may be unavailable for brief periods of time during this window.
Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates to occur either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.
Files uploaded to ICON drop boxes that use the Turnitin integration while Turnitin is unavailable will be queued and processed after the Turnitin service is back online.
April 14, 2014 - 11:00am
NoMachine was removed from lab computers on 4/10/14 because of the OpenSSL exploit. Use FastX for the same functionality.
April 11, 2014 - 4:30pm
Now that the OpenSSL exploit has been discovered and you may be changing passwords in many places, consider using a password manager for that task. Here are 4 recommended by the ECS sysadmins. All products have products for several platforms (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Linux).
April 11, 2014 - 4:00pm
Following on the IT Security Office email about IT security advisory: password change recommendations, ECS recommends that you change your engineering account password using password.engineering.uiowa.edu or change your password from your local machine.
April 15, 2014 - 7:00am to 8:00am
ITS has scheduled a maintenance window for ICON on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Patches will be applied to the web servers that deliver ICON’s front page during this maintenance window.
Users will still be able to log in and access their courses during this scheduled maintenance, but there will be brief periods of time (~5 minutes) during this maintenance window when the ICON Dashboard and ICON Documentation are not available.
April 9, 2014 - 9:00am
The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).
April 7, 2014 - 6:00am to April 8, 2014 - 7:00am
On Tuesday, April 8th, ITS has planned a scheduled maintenance window between 6 – 7 a.m. for the UI Wiki (wiki.uiowa.edu). This window is necessary for routine updates to the server and software. While it’s unlikely we will need the full hour, we reserve this block as a precaution.
April 1, 2014 - 7:30am to 8:00am
ITS will upgrade the MATLAB license server on Tuesday, 1 April. There will be a 15-20 minute outage between 7:30-10:30am that day.