ECS Events and Alerts

  • Apr30

    IE Exploit Requires 5pm Maintenance 4/30/14

    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.

  • May01

    Firefox v.29 Blank PDF Pages

    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).

    Firefox 29 Options         Firefox 29 PDF setting

  • May03

    Turnitin Maintenance 5/3/14

    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.


  • Apr14

    NX NoMachine Removed

    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.

  • Apr11

    Password Managers

    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).


  • Apr11

    Change Engineering Password (IT security advisory: password change recommendations)

    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 or change your password from your local machine.

  • Apr15

    ICON Downtime 4/15/144 7am-8am

    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.

  • Apr09

    Open SSL Vulnerability Patched 4/9/14

    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).

  • Apr07

    UI Wiki Down 4/8/14

    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 (  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.

  • Apr01

    OUTAGE - MATLAB Downtime for License Server Upgrade 4/1/14

    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.