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News - 2004

# Date Topics
#222a 5/12/04 Changing HUJI's anti virus software
#222b 5/12/04 -Internet Explorer 6 critical security update
#221 18/10/04 - Another Microsoft security update
#220 10/10/04 - Microsoft ServicePack 2 (SP2) for Windows-XP.
- SPSS licensing for PCs.
#219 22/9/04 Vacation functionality available on VMS
#218 21/9/04 End of Daylight Saving Time ("Winter clock")
#217 15/8/04 -Service pack 2 for XP
-General Instructions for the vacation
#216 8/8/04 -Critical security updates for Internet Explorer
-End of sale of Adobe acrobat at the microshop
-Annual vacation
#215 21/7/04 Virus W32.Beagle.AG@mm in HUJI
#214 18/7/04 - More Critical security updates for Windows 2000, XP, and 2003
#213 7/7/04 - Critical security update for Windows
#212
27/6/04
- Updating your PC  in order to prevent viruses infection
#211
3/6/04
- Matlab seminar
- Hebrew Open Office for Macintosh users
#210
1/6/04
- Unsuitable web content for minors
#209 24/5/04

Changes in HUJI's Internet connection services - UPDATES

#208
3/5/04
- Changes in HUJI's Internet connection services
#207
1/3/04
- News from the MicroShop.
- Matlab tool box.
- Seminar on the Mathematica software.
#206 28/1/04 - New Email viruses
Summer Clock 4/04 - Daylight savings time adjustments for 2004
#205 14/1/04 - Frequency of mail polling.
- Mailing large files.
- New software versions at the MicroShop.

The bulletins were written and distributed by Yehavi Bourvine.


News bulletin #222b
5-December-2004

Changing HUJI's anti virus software

Changing HUJI's antivirus from Norton to McAfee: HUJI is replacing the site license for Norton/Symantec's antivirus software with a site license for McAfee antivirus. All copies of Norton/Symantec Anti-Virus installations that were installed with a HUJI license should be replaced with McAfee's antivirus before 1-May 2005.

The reasons for this change are both financial and technical. The new McAfee software includes a module that can centrally take care of updates, upgrades and scans to be performed on the end-user's computer.

NOTES:

  • Ein-Kerem campus users: Those who have joined the new (EKMD) system should not do anything - the process has been completely automated.
  • Rehovot users should wait for separate announcement from local staff before switching to McAfee.

Download

  • The installer is available on our site for the following systems: Windows 9x, Windows NT/2000/XP/2003, Mac os 8-9, and Mac os X. Unix/Linux versions may be obtained from Edmond J. Safra branch.
  • McAfee Anti-Virus is available free for all computers on campus and for home computers of those who are eligible to connect to HUJI from home (if unsure check eligibility at http://status.huji.ac.il).
  • The download at home and on public computers on campus requires authentication.

Installation
Be sure to remove Symantec Anti-virus before installing McAfee, and follow the rest of the instructions on our site: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/mcafee/

 

News bulletin #222b
5-December-2004

Internet Explorer 6 critical security update

NOTES:

  • EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the new (EKMD) system please ignore this message
  • Recommendations for CAMPUS COMPUTERS: for HUJI AUTOMATIC download and installation of future critical patches using SUS (Software Update Services), see instructions at: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sus.shtml If you are already using SUS - you don't need to do anything.

The Microsoft Windows security update for December 2004 is a cumulative
security update that resolves a newly discovered issue in Microsoft
Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Affected systems:

• Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0

• Microsoft Windows 2000

• Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1

• Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)

Non-affected systems:

• Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2

• Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Windows 2000, Windows XP - users may receive this security update on Windowsupdate site:
http://windowsupdate.com
or directly from:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3A9DBD51-4348-4EE6-9BC1-D9A1E12963EC

Windows 98, Windows Millennium (Me) and Windows NT4 - users may download Internet Explorer 6 rollup package from:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=171d1ed7-bedd-40c8-b272-e457a2b020e3&displaylang=en

How to check Internet Explorer version number:
On the Help menu, click About Internet Explorer.
A dialog box displays program information, including the version number.

More information about this update
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-040:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-040.mspx
End-user version:
http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/200412_windows.mspx

 

News bulletin #221
18-October-2004

Another Microsoft security update
  • Critical security update for Windows:

    [ Hebrew version ]
    There are new critical security updates, that address severe vulnerabilities affecting Microsoft Windows, Microsoft office and other Microsoft's products
    (http://www.microsoft.com/security/bulletins/200410_windows.mspx).
    Connect to Microsoft's site for updates:
    http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

    NOTES:

    • Windows XP users who have not installed Service pack 2 (SP2) yet - Microsoft will attempt to install it BEFORE installing the above "security patches". Follow are instructions at: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sp2.shtml before the checkup on Windows-update site.
    • Recommendations for CAMPUS COMPUTERS: for HUJI AUTOMATIC download and installation of future critical patches using SUS (Software Update Services), see instructions at: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sus.shtml If you are already using SUS - you don't need to do anything.
    • EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the new (EKMD) system please ignore this message

News bulletin #220
10-October-2004

Microsoft XP SP2
Microsoft released a few weeks ago a collection of patches and fixes for Windows XP, called Service Pack 2 (SP2). The collection contains all the patches that Microsoft released for Windows XP during the last 3 years, up to August 2004. SP2 changes the behavior of some windows components, mainly in order to provide a more secure computing experience than windows users have experienced recently, with better protection from viruses and worms. Microsoft recommends that Windows XP users install SP2. However, it is a major change and should be dealt with carefully. We have prepared instructions; see http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sp2.shtml to help deal with the installation and with the changes in Windows following the installation.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the
new (EKMD) system please ignore this message.

SPSS license for PC users (SPSS single users)
you may receive an error massage when opening the program that the license renewal date has passed.

Clicking OK will enable you to continue working till the end of this month. We hope to receive the new codes soon. legitimate users may email to naamak@savion.huji.ac.il in order to be on a distribution list for the new codes (please write your name and SPSS version)

News bulletin #219
22-September-2004

Vacation functionality available on VMS
Auto-reply vacation message:  VMS now  supports  the  Vacation  option
  which  allows  you to reply to those who send to you messages when you
  are away from your mail (and ofcourse the incoming mail  is  saved  as
  usual...).

  In order to enable it:
  - Enter the BMAIL command (even if you do not use it to  process  your
    mail).
  - Select the AddVacation option.
  - You will be placed into an editor to write the message you  want  to
    be returned to those who send you Email.
  - Exit the editor.  The function is now active.

  In order to disable this function (i.e.  after  you've  returned  from
    the vacation):
  - Enter the BMAIL command.
  - Select the CancelVacation option.

 

News bulletin #218
21-September-2004

Daylight Saving Time ("Winter clock")

Daylight Saving Time is scheduled to end at 01:00 on September 22, 2004.

If you haven't set yet your computer's settings, please follow our instructions: http://ca.huji.ac.il/helpdesk/windows/clock.shtml

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the
new (EKTNG) system please ignore this message.

 

 

News bulletin #217
15-August-2004

Service Pack 2 for Windows XP
Service Pack 2 for Windows XP is about to be released within the next
two weeks, that is, during HUJI's annual vacation.
This service pack performs major system changes, particularly related
to security. These changes might cause unexpected problems, which you
might not be able to deal with.
We recommend to wait with the installation of the service pack till we
review the consequences of the upgrade and release further
recommendations about this issue.

General instructions for the vacation
Please disconnect campus computers, that are not in use during the
vacation, from power mains.


Have a pleasant vacation,
Computation Authority (formerly Computation Center)

 

News bulletin #216
8-August-2004

Critical security updates for Internet Explorer Windows versions 2000, XP, and 2003
(not Win-98 or Win-ME):

[ Hebrew version: http://ca.huji.ac.il/news/heb216.shtml ]

There are new critical security updates [Security Bulletin MS04-025, 1/8/04], that address several vulnerabilities in various Windows applications and system components. If you don't update your windows, your computer may be subjected to attacks.

Update methods:

HOME COMPUTERS: Connect to Microsoft's site for updates: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ or connect to our site for instructions: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/winupdate.shtml

CAMPUS COMPUTERS: If you haven't done so already - install SUS
(Software Update Services) to configure your Windows for automated updates of Microsoft security patches from HUJI's software update server. For more information: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sus.shtml

[IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the new (EKTNG)
system should NOT DO anything - the process has been completely automated. No need to do anything].

Support: 02-5883450, 02-6585555

End of sale of Adobe acrobat at the microshop:
Adobe has raised (again) the prices of its products (Acrobat & PhotoShop) and mandates using an original CD for each purchase. Hence, the micro-shop has no advantage anymore over the commercial dealers and will stop selling these products. Those who wish to buy them may contact Maly from DataSafe at 02-6326663/324, or any other supplier of this software.

Annual vacation:
During the vacation (18-28/8) there will be no helpdesk services and no on-call operators available. Major system
and/or communication problems will be dealt with as fast as possible.

 


News bulletin #215
21-July-2004

Virus W32.Beagle.AG@mm is spreading in HUJI

A mail virus is spreading in the University and affecting ALL Windows (including Windows 98) versions. The name of the virus is W32.Beagle.AG@mm and it spreads mainly by mail. Please be very careful when opening mail and saving attachments, even if it arrives from someone you know.

The problem is that Symantec antivirus may not function properly
because of the virus, and could fail to catch the virus - so pay
attention to error messages you receive from Symantec antivirus.


Instructions:

  1. Do not open any suspicious messages.
    The virus messages we've seen so far had the following formats:
    Subject can be: Re:
    Body message can be:
    foto3 and MP3
    fotogalary and Music
    fotoinfo
    Lovely animals
    Animals
    Predators
    The snake
    Screen and Music
    Attachment can be: .com, .cpl, .exe., .scr, .zip.


  2. The definitions of Symantec antivirus must be updated to 20/7. If your antivirus is not updated to this date, connect to http://ca.huji.ac.il/ and download and run the latest definition.
  3. If your computer is infected, follow our instructions in the site: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/viruses.shtml#clean

Support: 02-6585555, 02-5883450

 


News bulletin #214
18-July-2004

hebrew

Critical security updates for Windows 2000, XP, and 2003


There are new critical security updates, that address several vulnerabilities in various Windows applications and system components. If you don't update your windows, your computer may be subjected to attacks.

Updates methods:

HOME COMPUTERS: Connect to Microsoft's site for updates: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ or connect to our site for
instructions: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/winupdate.shtml

CAMPUS COMPUTERS: If you haven't done so already - install SUS (Software Update Services) to configure your Windows for automated updates of Microsoft security patches from HUJI's software update server. For more information: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sus.shtml

[IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS: Those who have joined the new (EKTNG) system should NOT DO anything - the process has been completely automated. No need to do anything].

Support: 02-5883450, 02-6585555


News bulletin #213
7-July-2004

hebrew

Critical security update for Windows:

There is a new critical security update, that addresses a severe vulnerability in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability enables malicious websites to run software on unpatched computers without prompting for the user's permission.

Connect to Microsoft's site for updates:
http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

If, in the future, you would like your PC to AUTOMATICALLY download and install critical patches, see the section CAMPUS COMPUTERS at: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/protect.shtml

News bulletin #212

27-June-200

Updating your PC  in  order  to  prevent  viruses  infection

Our experience  with  viruses  during  the  last year shows that unpatched Windows systems were infected by viruses.  Therefore,  The  importance of installing Microsoft's security updates can not be overrated.

Updating your campus PC using SUS  (Software  Update  Services)
For your  convenience  you  can  now  configure your Windows for automated updates of Microsoft security  patches  from  HUJI's  software  update server.

[IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EIN-KEREM CAMPUS USERS:  Those who have joined the
new  (EKTNG)  system  should  NOT  DO  anything - the process has been completely automated. No need to do anything].

The advantage of this  service,  is  that  once  the  SUS  service  is installed  on your computer it will check for updates automatically on a  daily  basis  and  install  those  that  are  found.   The  minimum requirements for joining this service are:  Windows2000 Service Pack3, XP Service Pack1, and Windows 2003 server.
Download:  http://secinfo.huji.ac.il/windowsupdate.htm
Instruction:  http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/sus.shtml

Updating your home PC
Update manually your Windows from  Microsoft's site.
You may follow our instructions: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/winupdate.shtml

New computer / Fresh Windows installation  /  Infected  computer
In these  cases  you should never connect your PC to the network/Internet prior to updating Windows  offline  (preferably  from  our  CD).   For further information and protection instructions:
http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/viruses/protect.shtml

  Support:  02-5883450, 02-6585555



News bulletin #211

3-June-2004

Matlab Seminar
You are invited to a seminar  on  Matlab  (arranged  by Omikron)  that  will focus mainly on the bioinformatics toolbox.  The seminar will take place on Monday 14.06 in  'Beit  Belgya'  (room  05) Edmond    Safra   Campus.    For   Agenda   and   registration  info: naamak@savion.huji.ac.il


Hebrew Open Office for  Macintosh  users
Open  Office  with  Hebrew support is now available for Mac Os X - Minimal version:  10.3

It is available free from our site (version 1.1.2 with English menus). A  fully localized version (Hebrew menus and a Hebrew speller based on OpenOffice.org1.1.1) is available for purchase elsewhere.

More info: http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/software/ftp/mac/openoffice.shtml


<>News bulletin #209

24-May-2004

Changes in HUJI's Internet connection services - UPDATES

At this point in time, connecting to the Hebrew University from a home computer does not require an OTP card.
A decision on the OTP issue will be arrived at after additional discussions of the managing committee of the Computation Authority, at which time a notice will be sent.

Users who have already purchased an OTP card, may use it to connect from home and will receive full support from our helpdesks (http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/internet/otp/otp.shtml#support)

The OTP may also be used to access the Hebrew University libraries' academic journals and data-bases from any location on the Internet (including other countries).


News bulletin #207

1-March-2004

  • News from the MicroShop
    Adobe Acrobat writer version 6 is now available. Users who are entitled for free upgrade will receive a letter from us and will be able to get the CD for 5$. Other users can buy it for 122$; see price list and order form on our site:
    http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/software/microshop.shtml

  • Matlab tool box
    New toolboxes for Matlab 13 for Windows are available on: ftp://ftp.omikron.co.il/IUCC/

  • Seminar on Matlab
    We are trying to arrange a seminar on the Bioinformatic Toolbox of Matlab, in order to do so there should enough demand; if you are interested please sign yourself: naamak@savion.huji.ac.il

  • Seminar on the Mathematica software: Seminar on Mathematica and Origin will take place on 16/03/04 Beit Belgia, room 05 between 10.00-14.00; please sign yourself: tamara@savion.huji.ac.il


News bulletin #206

28-January-2004

  • New Email viruses: In the last few days new viruses started to appear which make use of the Email mechanism to spread themselves. When such a virus infects a computer it searches all the address books and contacts it finds there and sends Email to the people listed there with the sender address being selected from the same address book. This means that the sender is probably known to you as well. As you might guess, the Email it sends contains the virus...

    We suggest that you do not open attachments, even from people you know (as the attachment might be the virus) unless you are expecting some attachment from this specific sender.

    For those who want to know more please see the original CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) advistory at:
    http://www.cert.org/CA-2004-02.html




News bulletin #205
13 -January-2004

  • Frequency of mail polling
    Most mail clients (Outlook Express, Netscape, Eudora, etc.) allow the user to set the polling period for checking new mails. Please do not set this value below 10 minutes as frequent polling from a lot of clients slows down our servers.
  • Mailing large files
    With the explosion of mass Emails a lot of sites are limiting the size of incoming Emails. Hence, you are requested to refrain from sending large mail items (over 1-2Mb) and chop larger Emails into smaller peices. You may also use ZIP to compress the files before sending them.
  • New software versions at the MicroShop
    • Spss version 12 for windows
    • Adobe Illustrator 11 CS for Win/Mac, you can also buy a Video workshop training CD for additional 5$

    Prices and order form can be found on:
    http://ca.huji.ac.il/services/software/microshop.shtml

 



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