Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
August 7, 2003
Present: Denise Bennett, Rich Bennett, Denise Bogart-Caballero, Robena Cornwell, Trudi DiTrolio, Lori Driscoll, Carol Drum, John Freund, Leilani Freund, Tom Minton, Patrick Reakes, Jan Swanbeck, Carol TurnerCritical Update Problems
- A list of the 800 Library IPs turned up 400 that do not have the MS patches updated as they should.
- These machines are vulnerable to being taken over and turned into an attackbot on the Net.
- One area of the Library had machines with more than 10 updates undone. Apparently they have no liaison support.
- Liaisons should be devoting 4 hours per week to their liaison duties. If these updates arenít getting done, then the liaison program is not functional.
- If these machines are compromised, the Libraries will be responsible for disrupting UF business. We appear to be dropping the ball here. What should we do to fix it?
- Expect more intense scrutiny from Net Services regarding this specific vulnerability. Even Microsoft has released several notices about it.
- The campus filter works, but stuff can still come through unrecognized.
- The number of workstations has diminished since last week. Middle Managers are aware of the problem, later today the Liaisons will be informed.
- Do we need to spot check machines? Itís intrusive, but may be necessary.
- Not all updates are as critical as this one, but it still must be a priority for Liaisons to set aside time to do this Ė beyond their routine work.
- Current virus, MIMAIL, is the one getting the most press. Itís a worm that carries it own mail server. It pretends to be you or anyone in your address book and sends it out.
- Your virus pattern should be at 598 or higher. There are problems with certain machines. If they are not automatically updating after a reboot, inform SYSHELP.
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