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CRITICAL MICROSOFT PATCH RELEASED! Remote code execution vulnerability!

All Bigfix managed systems will see a pop up asking them to reboot. If you are managed by BigFix then please reboot as soon as possible and if you are not then please update all of your windows machines as soon as possible. Below are links to pages that talk about the new vulnerabilities in full detail. University wide patching started in the late afternoon on November 12.

https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS14-066
http://blogs.technet.com/b/srd/archive/2014/11/11/assessing-risk-for-the-november-2014-security-updates.aspx
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/dn820091.aspx
http://blogs.cisco.com/security/talos/ms-tuesday-nov-2014
https://isc.sans.edu/diary/How+bad+is+the+SCHANNEL+vulnerability+(CVE-2014-6321)+patched+in+MS14-066%3F/18947"

The Internet exposes your computer to dangers from every corner of the globe. Learn what you can do to protect yourself and Stanford from these threats and to safeguard all of our information resources.

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Attackers scan computers accessible to the Internet approximately one million times/day in order to break into them. As an open research and education organization connected to the Internet, Stanford's network is accessible to almost anyone, including attackers.

If your computer is not properly secured or has weak passwords, attackers can:

  • Delete, change, and/or steal your data
  • Install spyware to monitor your keypresses, emails, IMs, or anything else (sometimes even microphone and camera)
  • Use your computer as part of a 'botnet' to recruit other compromised computers and perform mischief like sending spam or attacking other computers (making you look like the attacker)
  • Steal enough information to impersonate you for fun or profit (i.e., identity theft)

The front line defenses include:

  • Strong passwords
  • Proper security configuration(s) on your computer
  • All security updates for your computer

The steps below will help you have a safe and happy computing experience at Stanford.

The Three A's of Computer Security

Last modified: 11/12/2014 07:52:45 PM