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October 23, 2014

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Enterprise CarShare comes to Northeastern -

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Associate business dean takes leave of absence -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Relay for Life prepares for 2015 -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Curry Student Center celebrates golden 50th anniversary -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

CAMD introduces new major in the School of Architecture -

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Environmental activists urge students to push social boundaries to promote change -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Center for Labor Market Studies closes following prof. retirement -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Block party promotes awareness over sexual harassment -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Grants push Northeastern to the forefront of STEM education -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Crime Log -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Marine Science Center opens its doors to public exploration -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Professor at Northeastern brings international music expertise to campus -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Northeastern’s steady ranking climb continues -

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Provost search closed to open University debate -

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Alumna named MacArthur Fellow -

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Climate March demands government action -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Essayist travels to Hungary, debates drugs -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pulitzer winner counsels students on using media -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Library app allows students on-the-go research access -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Cagan uses flies to personalize cancer treatment -

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Internet Explorer Software Update Fixes Bug

Photo courtesy creative commons, Sean MacEntee

By Vanessa Nason, news correspondent

Microsoft released a patch on May 1 to fix the security flaw found in the web browser Internet Explorer (IE) days after it was discovered this past weekend.

IE’s latest vulnerability, found by security researchers, was so severe that the U.S. government issued warnings against the browser’s use. Prior to creating the security patch, The Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, recommended switching browsers until a solution was found.

The Office of Information Security at Northeastern reiterated this to members of the Northeastern community via an email and postings on their blog and social media outlets.

Mark Nardone, the Director of Northeastern’s Office of Information Security, stated that this precaution was taken because “the risk of infection [laid] mainly in what is known as a ‘drive-by download’ where a user’s computer is infected by browsing an infected [or] malicious website.”

Users can continue using Internet Explorer once they have installed the patch and rebooted their computer.

The security patch is installed through a regular Microsoft update and is supported by all current versions of Windows operating system as well as Windows XP, which is no longer supported. For users who have enabled automatic updates, no extra steps need to be taken to ensure this patch is installed, however, a Microsoft Security Response Center blog post adds that as an extra precaution, “customers are encouraged to upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer, IE 11.”

“These patches have been pushed to all Northeastern managed desktops as of last Friday, May 2,” says Nardone. Northeastern took swift measures as soon as notification of the security flaw was received.

According to Nardone, the Office of Information Security “assessed the impact and executed controls to our perimeter firewall defenses, which effectively blocked any malicious traffic to our NuNet and ResNet segments,” and announcements about the bug and the patch were made available to all students, faculty, and staff.

If you think your computer has been compromised or are having difficulty installing the security patch, Nardone recommends going to the ResNet Helpdesk.

Photo courtesy Sean MacEntee, creative commons.

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