For Windows 2000 and Windows XP users:
If have a Windows 2000 or Windows XP machine and you are running VirusScan 4.5.1, you may find that although VirusScan is up-to-date, you’ve installed all the latest patches, and you’ve downloaded and run Stinger, you are still having problems with one or more of the following:
You may want to replace VirusScan 4.5.1 with the enterprise version of VirusScan (VirusScan Enterprise 7.0.0).
VirusScan Enterprise 7.0.0 is included on the latest Scout CD which all field offices received in the July 13, 2003 transmittal packet (campus users can access the latest version via Scout and the network).
Links for this post:
The latest patches: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/mt/technews/archives/000578.html
Download Stinger: http://vil.nai.com/vil/stinger/
Instructions for installing VirusScan 7.0:
For Staff Pages: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ForStaff/homepage.html
Technology Items: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Comp/
Important Note: If you are running a version of VirusScan on Windows 2000 or Windows XP that is older than 4.5.1, you should update to VirusScan Enterprise 7.0 immediately.
A serious security alert has been issued by Microsoft in response to the discovery of a new vulnerability in the Windows remote procedure call (RPC) service.
It is imperative to patch your machine now to protect the security and integrity of your computer and the Extension network. This vulerability is very similar to the one exploited by the "Blaster" and "Nachi" worms beginning about one month ago. While there is not yet any worm exploiting this issue, it is only a matter of time.
To download and install a security patch for your system, you will need to do the following:
1. Log in as Administrator. At the login prompt, type ‘Administrator’ rather than your regular log-in and use the administrator password rather than your regular password. When you log in, be sure to change ‘Log onto:’ from IASTATE to the computer name (which will be identified on a drop down list by ‘(this computer)’).
2. Download the Windows 2000 patch or the Windows XP patch. (if you don’t know which operating system you’re using, right-click on My Computer and select Properties). The patch will take about 10 to 15 minutes to download.
3. Double-click on the patch and follow the instructions it provides.
4. Reboot your computer and log back in with your own username and password (be sure to change ‘Log onto’ from ‘(this computer)’ to IASTATE.
If you know other people in your office with Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines, please make them aware of this patch and the need to update their computers.
If you have questions or problems applying the update, contact the Computer Support hotline at 515/294-1725.
Additional information from Microsoft regarding this vulnerability can be found at:
Links in this post:
Windows 2000 Patch: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/mt/technews/extras/Windows2000-KB824146-x86-ENU.exe
Windows XP Patch: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/mt/technews/extras/WindowsXP-KB824146-x86-ENU.exe
End-user MS03-039 - KB824146 security bulletin:
Technical MS03-039 - KB824146 security bulletin:
As of September 1, 2003, Extension Information Technology no longer supports Windows 98. In practical terms, this means:
There are a number of reasons we dropped support on Windows 98: