January 2006


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"Jonathan L. Trigaux" <[log in to unmask]>
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Technology Discussion at UVM <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 6 Jan 2006 13:57:43 -0500
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On Fri, 6 Jan 2006, Stefanie Ploof wrote:

> Please see wording below and make any comments to the wording or to the
> extended information web page (
> Please send all comments to the list so that all of us involved with the
> wording will see your responses.

I feel it's too long for basic directions.  I even found myself spacing
out a bit while reading, and was skimming parts just to get to the
directions on what to do.  The whats and whys are interesting to some, and
I think should still be included on the web page under a "More
Information" header, but I think the e-mail itself and the top of the web
page should get more to the point.

A possible revision:
On December 27, 2005, Microsoft acknowledged that reports of a
vulnerability in the Windows operating system had become public knowledge
and might result in Windows PCs becoming compromised for malicious
purposes.  All versions of Windows are affected.

Microsoft announced that they have developed a patch to correct the flaw.
Following Microsoft's recommendations (in the security announcement
as well as in the patch release), we recommend the following:

1.    Ensure that your system's antivirus/antispyware services are up to
date (check this UVM page).

2.    Ensure that Windows auto-update feature is enabled (Windows 2000 and
Windows XP) and make sure that your Windows system is up to date with
respect to patches.

3.    If auto-update was not enabled or it hasn't installed yet, obtain
the Microsoft patch from their web site and click on the appropriate link
to install the necessary patch.

Microsoft rates this as a critical security issue.  If you use a Windows
workstation, please install the Microsoft patch or seek assistance (Help
Line, 656-2604) to have it installed.

My $0.02.


Jonathan L. Trigaux
CIT Client Services | Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources
111 Waterman | 342 Aiken
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405