The Protect IU Blog

  • Product Claims as Compliance Panacea

    IT security and compliance professionals are often asked about products and compliance to industry standards such as HIPAA or PCI-DSS. The vendor of product which someone wants to purchase may state that the product is compliant with a specific industry security standard. As a result, a system administrator or end user may then assume that they no longer need to worry about compliance, presuming that the product has bestowed upon them automatic compliance by virtue of simply using the product. How oh so convenient that would be if only it were true, which it is not.

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  • Apache Struts2 Vulnerability

    A vulnerability in Apache Struts2 is being exploited by attackers as a means to compromise web servers. From the nist.gov bulletin:

    Apache Struts 2.0.0 through 2.3.15 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary OGNL expressions via a parameter with a crafted (1) action:, (2) redirect:, or (3) redirectAction: prefix.

    If you are developing web applications in Struts, be advised that you should take action to address the vulnerability.

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  • United Front II

    Hot fun in the summertime – oh, yes! Temperatures reached about 95 degrees Wednesday in Bloomington and the humidity was high. So was the possibility that evening of severe thunderstorms with potentially damaging straight line winds. It all combined for a potentially nasty second day of United Front II search and rescue exercises, particularly when the players are wearing fatigues, heavy boots, hard hats, vests and protective respirator masks.
    The collapsed Phi Kappa Psi on North Jordan.

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  • Critical Linux Kernel Security Update

    Welcome to Flight CVE-2013-2094

    This week, a vulnerability in the Linux kernel appeared publicly on the radar with an active exploit close on its tail. A local, unprivileged user can leverage a Linux kernel flaw to gain escalated privileges, without authentication, on a system running a Linux kernel version 3.8.8.  And just when you think your old frequent flyer miles are safe, the vulnerable code affects any kernel version between 2.6.37 and 3.8.8 (and even to centos 6 2.6.32 kernels).

    Details about the vulnerability can be found here:

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  • Don't be complacent

    Really? Warm weather? About time…right? It’s been a cool spring for Hoosiers and, in fact, for most of the nation. But a swarm of tornadoes last night in northern Texas broke the calm weather pattern to bits.  Unusually cool weather from the Rockies to the East Coast over past months kept volatile weather activity to a minimum, according to a USA Today story. During the past 12 months, the nation experienced the fewest number of tornadoes since at least 1954, and only seven people were killed by tornadoes from May 2012 to April 2013, the fewest in a 12-month period since 1899-1900.

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  • Photo op

    Over the next few days, students will participate in commencement ceremonies at IU campuses across the state. We’re ready. The herald trumpet is shined, the banners unfurled, the gowns pressed. Chairs and podiums are set up, microphones tested. Landscaping is in shape, with grass trimmed and flowers planted. Diplomas are ready to go. And because I work with IU Emergency Management and Continuity, I’ll assure you that security in place. So, now, on with the show...

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  • Goodbye, school! Hello, world! It's commencement!

    Goodbye, school! Hello, world! IUEMC loves commencement season! Did you know that 18,828 students are eligible to participate in ceremonies on IU campuses across the state? Or that one quarter of this year’s grads are first-generation college students? Or that our grads come from every county in Indiana, every state in the U.S. -- including the District of Columbia -- and 127 countries? Celebrate our amazing graduates, their diversity and achievement…and be safe. If you SEE something, SAY something.

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  • Classes canceled, evacuations, shock and grief

    The bombings at the Boston Marathon last Tuesday and the subsequent hunt for the bombers shut down Boston along with some 50 colleges in the area. The Boston U. community was left to mourn a student killed in the bombings; at UMass-Dartmouth, many students recognized a friend as one of the bombing suspects; and at MIT, the campus family lost a police officer. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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  • See Something, Say Something

    Three Indiana University campuses will host or are involved with large annual events Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, and university officials are taking the opportunity to remind people to be watchful and aware of their surroundings.

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  • Bad weather ahead

    In light of rough weather expected today for most campuses, IU Emergency Management and Continuity urges you to be prepared and offers the following:

    Haiku
    Wild weather threatens.
    Swirling, angry wind comes.
    Hoosiers seek safe shelter.

    Please. Be careful out there. Know where to seek shelter in the event of severe weather.

    tornado on the ground

     

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