Critical macOS security flaw

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A serious bug has been discovered in High Sierra, the most recent version of the Mac operating system. This flaw allows anyone to gain “root” access to a macOS device, which gives the ability to view or modify any settings or files on the device—including those of other users.

Apple has released a security update to fix this bug. Apply any available macOS software updates through the app store as soon as possible. Apple’s release notes for this update include instructions for confirming that it has been installed. If you are unable to install the update for any reason, Apple has also released instructions for a workaround to protect you until you are able to apply the update. Until you either install the security update or implement the workaround, do not leave your Mac unattended.

UPDATE: Some users may experience difficulty sharing files after applying the security update. If you think you might be affected by this new bug, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Terminal app, which is in the Utilities folder of your Applications folder.
  2. Type sudo /usr/libexec/configureLocalKDC and press RETURN.
  3. Enter your administrator password and press RETURN.
  4. Quit the Terminal app.

Print Management System

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The college is transitioning to a new print management system. While the overall concept remains the same, there are several things that are different about it compared to the system that we used to use.

You will need to be familiar with some of the changes outlined below to use the new system.   As always, if you need assistance, please ask at the information desk and we will assist you.

Addlestone Lab Printing

  • You must log in as yourself on the computer to print. If the computer is already logged in from someone else using it, log them out and log in as yourself.
  • The system will no longer ask for your credentials when you send a print job because it uses the fact that you are logged into the computer to identify you. This means that if you sit down at an already logged in computer and send a print job, you won’t be able to release it because that print job is not linked to your account.
  • Print to the queue named ‘CofC-Cloudprint‘. ‘SingleSided‘ and ‘DoubleSided‘ queues no longer exist.
  • To print double sided copies, you must go into the printer dialog box and change the setting there to double sided before submitting the print job.

CampusWide Printing

  • You can no longer use the LPT One print client to print to our printers
  • Visit http://blogs.cofc.edu/scs/printing/campuswide-printing/ for instructions on setting up your computer.
  • We have noticed some windows users are having problems finding the printers and are troubleshooting this.  You can either save a copy of your file and email it to yourself to print in the lab or you can save your document as a PDF and upload it through the web interface for the new system at http://wp-papercut-01.cougars.int:9191/user/.  (On campus access only, so you must be connected to eduroam or cofc-secure, or have a wired connection.)  We hope to have full functionality available soon.

QEP Art Exhibit

Please visit the Addlestone Library QEP exhibit located on the second floor near the main stairwell.  This exhibit consists of various student, staff, and faculty created pieces focused on sustainability literacy while helping raise awareness about the college’s new QEP.  This exhibit represents one of the three avenues of advocacy for resilience that the QEP supports:  Expression.

For more information about the QEP, contact QEP Director Todd LeVasseur at levasseurtj@cofc.edu and visit sustain.cofc.edu

Additional Printers in Education Center

Student Computing Support, in conjunction with the SGA, has added two new printers to the atrium in the Education Center Lobby.  These printers are tied into the system that the library uses, so your 300 free pages can be used there as well as in the library.

The computers in the education center lobby have the print client on  them so you can print from there, or you can download the print client and print from your own computer when you are on the cofc-secure wireless network.