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All users of the University VPN must reset their password

The Chief Information Security Officer for the University announced on Monday 21st March that all users of the University VPN service MUST reset their password. Users of the Informatics OpenVPN service are not affected. Note that, as this is a … Continue reading

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Be aware of phishing

Following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is calling on all UK organisations to increase their vigilance for cyber attacks. It is clear that various groups are now using this crisis as an opportunity to launch … Continue reading

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log4shell security vulnerability

By now most people are probably aware of the recent discovery of multiple critical security issues in the Java log4j logging library (version 2) which have been named “log4shell“. In some circumstances, these flaws can give attackers the ability to … Continue reading

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Changes to the SSH service

The way in which SSH login services are provided for the School of Informatics will soon be changing.

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New SSH Server

On Monday 1st March we will replace the SSH server named “bruegel” which hosts ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk and student.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk with a new machine named “auriga“. All that will happen is that at about 09:00 on Monday we will change the DNS alias … Continue reading

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New DICE Ubuntu Environment

We are very pleased to announce that the Informatics managed Linux desktop environment (DICE) has been ported to Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). After 5 years of service our Scientific Linux 7 (SL7) based desktop environment is showing its age. In … Continue reading

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New staff SSH server

On Monday 19th August we will replace the SSH server named “hare” which hosts staff.ssh.inf.ed.ac.uk with a machine named “steen”. All that will happen is that at about 08:00 on Monday we will change the DNS alias to point to … Continue reading

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SL7.6 Upgrade for desktop machines

The 6th minor update for ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics DICE office and student lab machines. A minor update like this provides us with the opportunity to update important software … Continue reading

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Remote desktop service

Next Tuesday (4th September) the remote desktop service which uses the NX technology – nx.inf.ed.ac.uk – will be decommissioned. It will be replaced by a new service which is based on RDP – xrdp.inf.ed.ac.uk – see the computing help page … Continue reading

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Scientific Linux 7.5 Upgrade

The 5th minor update for ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics DICE office and student lab machines. A minor update like this provides us with the opportunity to update important software … Continue reading

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