October 19th, 2015

Today's topics:

2000 NetID passwords compromised every year

Every year more than 2000 Cornell NetIDs have their passwords compromised, resulting in serious problems for their owners and the systems and data they have access to. Please take the time to watch the seven minute video "Essentials to Avoid Online Scams" which is available at http://itnews.cornell.edu/new-video-essentials-avoid-online-scams

Legacy Mail Migration

Now that Cornell accommodates 50GB of mail for each user, CLASSE is in the process of retiring our legacy mail storage servers. This includes lnx120, lnscu5 (mail.lepp.cornell.edu), and lns61.

The vast majority of users have already migrated their mail off of these servers. If you haven't been monitoring them or didn't know they existed, it should be safe to do nothing. All of our old mail is backed up to tape, so if you ever realize you missed something it can be restored as needed.

For more information, including instructions for moving your mail off of these servers, please see MailMigration.

Project Management Software Demonstration

Please join us at 3PM on Tuesday, October 20, in W301 for a demonstration of CLASSE's Active Collab (https://www.activecollab.com) project management service.

The CLASSE IT group has been using Active Collab internally, and is making it available for use by any CLASSE user, group, or project.. It's an alternative to Microsoft Project.

Macintosh TextEdit bug writing to samba

AppleĀ’s Auto Save-capable apps (such as TextEdit, Preview, KeyNote, Pages, Numbers, et al) are unable to save Version information to volumes that are not formatted as HFS+ (samba is NOT an HFS+ volume). When working with such an app, you will need to save versions of files locally, then move them to network shares (such as samba), otherwise you will lose information without being aware of it until later.

Adobe Flash Firefox Plugin Security update on Tuesday 20-Oct-2015

  • The patched Linux Adobe Flash Firefox Plugin Security update (version will be pushed to all CLASSE Linux SL6 systems on Tuesday 20-Oct-2015.
  • The patched Windows Adobe Flash Firefox Plugin Security update (version will be pushed to all CLASSE Windows systems tonight.
  • For detailed information about the security vulnerability, please see https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb15-27.html

General network and server maintenance will occur every Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM. The CLASSE-IT group will always announce any expected disruptions in our NewsLetter and via CLASSE-IT-NEWS-L, but with the size and complexity of our network there is always the potential for something to go wrong. We will do our best to contain all network maintenance and planned outages to Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 2:00 PM.

Unless other arrangements have been made, CLASSE-managed Windows systems may be updated and rebooted on Tuesday morning at 2:00 AM, so please avoid critical or lengthy operations at that time. For more details, please see SystemExpectations.

Questions or problems? Submit a service request.

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