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Update on Microsoft Security Flaw

On May 14, Microsoft announced a major security flaw: CVE-2019-0708. The vulnerability exists in Remote Desktop Services – formerly known as Terminal Services – and allows an unauthenticated attacker to connect to target systems using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability could install malicious programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. 

The vulnerability affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. It also is present in computers powered by Windows XP and Windows 2003 operating systems, for which Microsoft long ago stopped providing security updates.

Since learning of the vulnerability, Northwestern IT immediately began assessing the exposure of campus systems and has not detected any exploits to date at the University. The advice for remediation is the same for all users, system administrators, and those in managed environments:

It is extremely important to apply the latest patches, which are available as of 5/15/19. This includes Windows operating systems on home and Northwestern devices (desktops, laptops and servers).

Please direct any questions about the information in this message to the IT Support Center at 847-491-4357 (1-HELP) or

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Students • Faculty & Staff • Researchers

Tech Resources at Your Fingertips. Ready. Set. Go.

Students, faculty, and staff: Review these quick start guides to learn how to take full advantage of Northwestern's tech resources



Welcome to Northwestern! As a student you have access to a multitude of tools for managing your information like grades and tuition, plus resources you can use for academics, research, and more.
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Faculty & Staff

Northwestern IT offers essential services and tools needed for teaching, research, and administration including Canvas, Box, SharePoint, conferencing, telephone services, and lecture capture.
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As a member of the Northwestern community, you have access to a multitude of technology tools to collaborate with colleagues, conduct research, teach, and manage your daily life at Northwestern.
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IT Community

Northwestern IT professionals can find work-related tools and resources, join or create communities of practice and interest, collaborate with colleagues, and get helpful information.

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