Linux kernel vulnerabilities (BleedingTooth)

Andy Nguyen discovered that the Bluetooth implementation in the Linux kernel contained a type-confusion error. A physically proximate remote attacker could use this to cause a denial of service (system crash) orpossibly execute arbitrary code. Please update your system as soon as possible (sudo apt-get upgrade in the Terminal). If it’s currently not possible for… Continue Reading Linux kernel vulnerabilities (BleedingTooth)

Remote access over the last months

This is an informational post, for those who are interested, how remote access has been changed during the Corona lock-down – compared to a “on-campus” situation. If you need to know more about our possibilities to work from home, please see: Working remotely. (Most graphs we just started a week before the actual lock-down.) Remote-Desktop… Continue Reading Remote access over the last months

Snapgene license

The information below is outdated, updated information available here. Currently, IST has purchased 6 network licenses (eol: 2020-06-26). However, Snapgene says that “due to increased technical issues, we are no longer offering floating licenses”. It seems we need to switch to some other licensing scheme. In order to estimate the number of licenses needed and… Continue Reading Snapgene license

MFA at IST Austria

We just finished the first implementation for multi-factor authentication for some services at IST Austria. MFA tokens can be created via https://privacy.ist.ac.at/ (ONLY available via VPN/Remote Desktop or on campus) SSO login will then have an additional mask to enter the token, but ONLY if you login from outside IST Austria. (without VPN and/or Remote… Continue Reading MFA at IST Austria

COVID-19: the perfect opportunity for copycats.

We are in an extraordinary situation, and this requires unusual measures: Cancel events, expand of teleworking, set up communication infrastructure, but at the same time, many people are insecure and wait for instructions on how they should behave. This makes many people vulnerable to false reports and misleading or harmful recommendations. This is the ideal… Continue Reading COVID-19: the perfect opportunity for copycats.

What happened with my H:\ drive?

From tomorrow (Thursday, March 5) morning on, you will be able to modify/create/delete all files and folders in H:\OLD_H_Drive. You can safely use the current H:\ drive and there are no additional changes planned/needed. If you do not have a H:\ Home drive, or your current H:\ does not contain a folder OLD_H_Drive, please contact… Continue Reading What happened with my H:\ drive?

OCRmyPDF service converts scanned PDF images to text

The service uses OCR – optical character recognition – to convert images of text to regular computer text. You can upload a scanned PDF and OCRmyPDF will return a PDF with text that can be searched and copy-pasted. It is available on this link (only available inside IST or via VPN).https://ocr.docker.ist.ac.at/ Easy to use: Click… Continue Reading OCRmyPDF service converts scanned PDF images to text

New mail servers coming soon!

We are currently in the process to update our mail-server infrastructure from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016. The first non-IT users will be changed to the new system with middle to end of November. From a user point-of-view, the change will be mainly the new web-mail. Other, more technical changes, include a better search and… Continue Reading New mail servers coming soon!