MMM Minutes 09/18/03

Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
September 18, 2003

Present: Shelley Arlen, Denise Bennett, Rich Bennett, Denise Bogart-Caballero, Penny Chou, Robena Cornwell, Trudi DiTrolio, Lori Driscoll, Carol Drum, John Freund, Leilani Freund, David Fuller, Barry Hartigan, Martha Hruska, Ann Lindell, Tom Minton, Patrick Reakes, Jan Swanbeck, Carol Whitmer
Update Problems
  1. Repeat of update problems – DCON vulnerability. No published exploit yet (no step-by-step manual on how to destroy the world). So, this is not absolutely-take-unpatched-machines-off-the network urgent.
  2. One major failure – there was one big crop of machines that were assigned to a student to update. The updates were not done correctly; we had to redo them. It is a bad idea to have students updating machines. This person had left out one step, which actually made the machines more vulnerable.
  3. Another problem we have is with guests/people on our subset. Otherwise, we have had a pretty good response from the liaisons. As of Tuesday, we had a clean scan report, except one non-library type machine.
  4. We have to keep after the liaisons to stay on top of these updates. Large clusters of unpatched machines are very attractive to attackers.
West Move/Construction
  1. West public machines – are they all going to MSL? How many might that be? Unknown.
  2. Not only is it a matter of space and network pulls, but power and AC concerns.
  3. There has been no recent update on the move. No final word. There are conflicting priorities.
  4. Room 148 West is moving to L107.
  5. Microform sets are moving to MSL.
  6. Can’t any other branches take some of the West public computers? Once we have some numbers, then we can try to work it out. Machines that are going out of warranty may reduce what we’ll have available. It is probable that not all will go to MSL.

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