July, 2004
Take the Survey: Should Lab Subscribe to Web of Science?
The Lab Library has created a user survey to gauge demand for online access to Web of Science, a unique citation database index which provides a metric on whether a particular paper or author has been cited in other published works. Being able to determine this can help strengthen funding proposals. However, this is a very expensive resource, and a number of lesser used journals must be cut to stay in budget.

Please respond to the survey (login required) by Fri. Aug. 13.

Tom Murphy, faculty member, and student interns Bassam Aldhafari, Ben Rosenberg, Adam Barlev, Martin Robel
ITSD Summer Internships Teach Students the Ins and Outs of Clusters
Moore's Law says that the speed of computers will double every 18 months. If that trend continues, the need for speed will only increase, reaching new heights via cluster computers. And the need for technicians to administer them is growing.

Student interns from Contra Costa College are learning about this dynamic field of cluster support at the Lab.

ITSD’s Wale Soyinka Publishes Book on Microsoft Windows 2000
When Wale Soyinka saw a need for Linux computer lab manuals in community colleges, he decided to do something about it. He wrote and self-published four manuals, which ITSD’s summer interns had the opportunity to use. His most recent book is on Microsoft Windows 2000.

Help Emergency Responders Find You: Validate Your Building for E911
To provide better emergency responses, the Enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) service is being updated. The E911 system identifies the caller's telephone extension, name, building and room number, allowing emergency responders to pinpoint your exact location. But emergency services cannot find you unless they have updated information. Validate your buildings and room numbers to keep the database current.

New MPC Model for Windows Desktop Computers Now Available
MPC (formerly Micron) has announced a new series of desktop computers as upgrades to our current lab standard, the Client Pro 345 model. The new model, the 365, uses the latest Intel chipset (915G) which represents a major change in the underlying technology in desktop computing.

Users of Webmail Beware: Internet Cafés Are Not Often Secure
If you travel outside the U.S., you may trouble accessing Webmail, the Web interface to the Lab’s IMAP email system. Commonly this is caused by Web browsers being outdated and not meeting the Lab’s Webmail minimum security requirement of 128-bit SSL encryption.
 Protecting Your Computer
Mozilla Alert: Security Vulnerability Found
Mozilla has released a configuration change that fixes a security vulnerability in Mozilla browsers by disabling the use of the shell external protocol handler. Versions 1.7 and earlier of Mozilla were affected by the vulnerability. This bug applies only to Mozilla running on Windows, not Linux or Macintosh systems. The update is quick and easy, and does not require rebooting. If your version of Mozilla is vulnerable, you must patch your system.

Computer Protection Program Takes Steps to Secure Logins
As part of an ongoing effort to secure logins and comply with RPM and DOE requirements, the Computer Protection Program will begin to disallow inbound telnet connections starting on August 1. More information is available online, see Section 9.02D10civ and DOE Notice 205.11.

Enrollment for Linux Security Hands-On Course Is Open
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Enroll now in “Linux Security Hands-On,” a lab course in which attendees gain hands-on experience in securing Linux systems. The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, August 4 in Bldg. 90-0026. A course description and training enrollment are available online. Space is limited to a first come, first served basis.

Computer Protection Brown Bag Event: NCSA’s Kiran Lakkaraju to Speak on Network Security Visualization
Kiran Lakkaraju of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in Illinois returns to the Bay Area to speak on NCSA's new network security visualization tools. Steve Lau's well-attended brown bag presentation on the "Spinning Cube of Potential Doom" earlier this year stirred up considerable interest in security visualization. Kiran's presentation and demonstration at noon, Wednesday, July 28 in Bldg. 50 auditorium, promises to do the same.

Enrollment for SANS Security Essentials, Track 1 Is Open
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is hosting SANS Security Essentials, Track 1, sponsored by the DOE Cyber Security Office. This course is scheduled for six days: Monday, August 2 through Saturday, August 7, 2004.

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Monthly Virus Update: Over 140,000 Viruses Eradicated
Last month the LBNL virus wall identified and deleted over 140,000 infected attachments in messages. Windows-targeting worms were once again most common with the Netsky.P worm leading the pack.