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General Security Announcements

News and status reports of ongoing interest to users of Stanford's information resources

New SUNet Password Strength Rules Are Now in Effect

As announced in a Stanford Report article on April 24, 2014, there are new strength requirements for SUNet passwords to make them more resistant against attackers armed with modern computing resources.

See a quick guide to the new rules or go to the IT Services password page for a full explanation.

Users who have not changed their SUNet password since November 22, 2013 will be required to do so in the near future, and the new password rules will apply.

Users Still Running Windows XP Past Its End-of-Life

In the last 7 days, 919 users have logged in from computers running Windows XP, which reached end-of-life on April 8, 2014. If you're one of them, please migrate your machine to an operating system with current support as soon as possible. Supported versions of Windows can be obtained at no cost for Stanford-owned machines. See the Essential Stanford Software page for more details.

"Heartbleed" Vulnerability

You've probably heard chatter about the Heartbleed bug. This vulnerability affected the majority of web servers in the world. Click here to read about how it affects Stanford.

Last modified: 05/29/2014 06:11:50 PM