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K-Staters advised to stop using Internet Explorer 8 browser immediately

Confirmed exploits in the wild have been reported for a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8. There is currently no patch available. The vulnerability can be exploited by a simple drive-by attack which will allow adversaries to install malware on your computer without any user action necessary. This means you could be infected simply by visiting a legitimate website that has been compromised and hosting the malicious code. The vulnerability was already leveraged in a targeted attack on the U.S. Department of Labor.

1. We recommend that all users stop using the Internet Explorer 8 web browser immediately.

2. On Thursday, May 9, Microsoft released a workaround that acts as a temporary fix until a patch is released. The fix is available at https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2847140 .

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Windows 8 Demo Day Wednesday September 19, 2012

Microsoft will be on campus Wednesday September 19th in the Union Big 12 room to demo the Windows 8 operating system. Major changes in Windows 8 include a completely new user interface and other enhancements aimed at tablet computing and desktops alike.

Microsoft will be providing three demo sessions geared for different interest areas. Here is the planned agenda for the day.

  • 9:30am – 10:30am will be a general look at the new user interface. This session is perfect for those that are interested in how Windows 8 will look and act as well some of the new features.
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm will be a technical session covering the inner workings of the operating system as well as support and management enhancements.
  • 12:15pm – 1:00pm will be a brown bag question and answer session for diving deeper into the inner workings of Windows 8.

All of the sessions will be held in the Union Big 12 room and anyone interested in one or all of the sessions is welcome to join.

Microsoft Campus Agreement

Information Technology Services has procured a Microsoft Campus Agreement to provide faculty and staff access to Microsoft’s operating systems and the Microsoft Office Suite for all university-owned computers. The products covered under the agreement include:

  • Microsoft Operating System – for Mac and Windows environments
  • Microsoft Office Suite – for Mac and Windows environments
  • Core CAL Suite

Technical support staff in units across campus were sent an e-mail with this information and given access to the K-State Online space that provides the media files and documentation about the Microsoft Campus Agreement. For technical support staff who did not receive the e-mail, contact the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722.

New events posted on IT Training site

Upcoming training events have been posted on the IT Training site. All classes are free for K-State faculty, staff, and graduate students, but require pre-registration. Details are on the specific registration pages. Courses include:

  • Overview of  Zimbra Calendar
  • Various K-State Online classes
  • Introduction to Access 2007
  • Basic Functions in Excel 2007

Microsoft, Adobe products added to Student Select program

New Microsoft and Adobe software titles have been added to the K-State Student Select Software program available at the K-State Student Union Computer StoreTo see programs included in each title, a printable price list, and FAQs, see the Student Select PDF.

All titles require a current K-State ID for purchasing and are available to faculty/staff, students, and emeriti. Distance students, employees of local agencies (K-State Student Union, Athletics, Foundation, etc.), and satellite campuses and workplaces (i.e. Extension) are included. Alumni and employees of K-State affiliates are not eligible.

All titles are limited to “1 user – 2 computers” and licensing terms state they are for your own personal educational use, and not for resale.  All titles are distributed on a CD/DVD and each package includes its own unique activation key.

Microsoft titles added

  • Office 2010 Professional Plus for Windows – $79.95

Adobe Creative Suite 5 titles added (available for Mac and PC)

  • Dreamweaver CS5 – $129
  • Flash Professional CS5 – $149
  • Photoshop Extended CS5 –  $179
  • Design Standard CS5 – $249
  • Design Premium CS5 – $379
  • Web Premium Cs5 – $379
  • Production Premium CS5 – $379
  • Master Collection CS5 – $599

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Reminder: IE6/IE7 upgrade to IE8 on April 1

Screenshot from Microsoft's <a href= Before people escape to their spring break destinations, be aware that Internet Explorer version 6 (IE6) and version 7 (IE7) will be upgraded to version 8 (IE8) at K-State on April 1 for security and application compatibility reasons. Since the original announcement, no one has raised any issues against the upgrade — on the contrary, many have applauded the move. Thus, we plan to proceed with the upgrade as originally planned.

This update will be applied to university computers that use the central WSUS server. System administrators who manage their own WSUS servers are encouraged to apply the update as well. Computers that do not have Microsoft patches managed by any WSUS server should manually update to IE8 if they have not already. If you are unsure what category you fit into, contact your IT support person or the IT Help Desk.

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Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) to be updated to IE8 on April 1

Internet Explorer, the most widely used web browser in the world, has often been in the news of late because of its involvement in the recent, well-publicized hack of Google and other corporations, allegedly by the Chinese government. Since a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) is alleged to be one of the ways the hackers got into Google’s network, Google has joined the chorus of companies planning to phase out support for IE6 and are urging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). That chorus includes Facebook, YouTube, Digg, some European governments, and even Microsoft itself. There was even an “IE6 Must Die” petition on Twitter.

Now K-State is joining the chorus too. SIRT is proposing that on April 1, remaining instances of IE6 on campus be upgraded to IE8. For campus computers that use K-State’s central WSUS server, this update will be pushed automatically. System administrators managing their own WSUS environment or using some other way to manage application updates on Windows computers are urged to do the same.

If you have concerns about this update being pushed to campus computers on April 1, please discuss it with your SIRT representative or Harvard Townsend, K-State’s chief information security officer and chair of SIRT.

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Word 2007 tip: Setting defaults in line and paragraph spacing

With the advent of Word 2007, Microsoft made some “adjustments” to the default look-and-feel of the default documents. For example, each paragraph has a 6-point space after it. How can those be changed?

Let’s say you want to change the after-paragraph spacing to zero spacing. Here’s how:

1. Open a new document in Word 2007.
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Microsoft Word 2003-to-2007 training Friday, Aug. 14

The first round of training sessions on “Transitioning from Word 2003 to Word 2007” are being offered by the Information Technology Assistance Center (iTAC) and have been scheduled Friday, Aug. 14, in Hale 401 at the following times:

  • 9 a.m.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.

These sessions are open to all K-State faculty/staff and students. Each session will last an hour and will focus on interface and usability differences and “Where do I find..?” questions.

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Departments: Microsoft-K-State software contract runs to 2012

The Microsoft Select Agreement between Microsoft and Kansas State University has been completed. It runs for three years, and will expire June 30, 2012. There are no changes to the agreement that expired June 30 — department orders are still placed through SHI International, pricing should remain the same, etc.

While the contract was being completed, SHI was unable to fulfill department orders for Microsoft products. They are now filling those pending orders.

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