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WordPress Releases Critical Security Update

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 10:01

 

What is the WordPress Security Update?

WordPress is open-source content management software that is used to manage and publish web sites. WordPress has announced a critical security update for all previous versions and strongly encourages all WordPress users to update their sites immediately.

This release addresses multiple security issues. An attacker who successfully exploits these vulnerabilities could take control of an affected Web site. Versions of WordPress 4.7.2 and prior are vulnerable.

What is Pitt doing?

Computing Services and Systems Development will be working with WordPress system administrators to apply the appropriate patch. 

What should I do?

If you administer a Web server that is using a vulnerable version of WordPress, you should update to this new release immediately after ensuring your site data is backed up. Please refer to the reference links below for details.

If you manage a WordPress server in your department and would like assistance determining if it is susceptible, or would like assistance in identifying indications that a compromise has occurred, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP [4357] or submit a request online.

References:

WordPress Security Release - https://wordpress.org/news/2017/03/wordpress-4-7-3-security-and-maintenance-release/

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Overview

If you are not able to connect to Wireless PittNet using our automated wizard, you can manually configure your computer using the steps in this help sheet.

Note: You must have installed the InCommon certificates before completing the instructions below. Refer to the help sheet titled Installing the InCommon and UserTrust Certificates (Windows) for details.

 

PittNet(Wireless): Configuring Acer and Samsung Chromebooks

Overview

Technology Services supports general connectivity for wi-fi devices. You should be able to connect successfully to Wireless PittNet or Wireless-PittNet-Fast by configuring your Chromebook device according to the specifications below.

Configuring Chromebooks

Complete the following steps to connect your Acer or Samsung Chromebook to Wireless PittNet or Wireless-PittNet-Fast.

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Overview

You can automatically configure your computer to use Wireless PittNet (as well as eduroam, which extends your wireless access internationally) by completing these steps. No automated wizard is currently available to configure your computer for WIRELESS-PITTNET-FAST, but you can connect to it manually.

PittNet (Wireless): Configuring Windows 7 for Wireless PittNet

Overview

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