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The protection of information resources at McNeese State University is a high priority. The Information Security website is designed to educate the university community about technology policies and information security best practices, and equip students, faculty and staff with the tools needed to protect the information resources of the University, it's members and connected networks. McNeese State University is committed to implementing policies and encouraging best practices that do not impose on the University's established culture of openness, trust, and integrity.


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Google Chrome Could Allow Remote Code Execution

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:  2014-048

Executive Summary

05/21/2014
Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google Chrome that could result in remote code execution. Google Chrome is a web browser used to access the Internet. These vulnerabilities can be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to, a specially crafted web page. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Threat Intelligence

At this time, there is no known proof-of-concept code available.

Systems Affected

  • Google Chrome versions prior to 35.0.1916.114

Risk

Government
  • Large and medium government entities: High
  • Small government entities:

Password Day 2014

World Password Day 2014 | 05.07


Password Day 2014
From https://passwordday.org:

If you're like most people, you've used the same password for years.

Cyber criminals regularly steal passwords by the thousands from the companies and databases that store them. This can put you in hot water if you haven't changed your passwords recently, or use the same password across web sites.

Upgrading your password takes five minutes and can save you hours of trouble dow

Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution

CIS Cyber Security Advisory 2014 - 039 - UPDATE


Update

5/2/2014
Microsoft has just released an out-of-band security update for Internet Explorer to address the recent zero day vulnerability discovered . The vulnerability is rated Critical. Exploitation of vulnerability could lead to remote code execution. All versions of Internet Explorer are vulnerable.
Recommendation: Patch immediately, after appropriate testing.
Further info: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021

Executive Summary

4/28/2014
A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's web browser, Internet Explorer, which could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete d

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