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8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM
8/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Critical Windows security patch


ETSU's Information Technology Services office would like to alert the ETSU community of a critical security patch recently released for Windows computers.  Microsoft has discovered a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop service which could allow an attacker to gain remote access without the user's actions or knowledge.  Although no known exploits have been discovered in the wild, the patch is still considered critical due to the potential severity of an exploit.  The patch is therefore being deployed to ETSU PCs ahead of our normal Windows update schedule.

  • If you wish to install the patch immediately, the update is available now for ETSU computers on campus.  Click your Start button, and type "software center".  You should see the Software Center application appear in the search results.  Launch it.  Click Updates on the left, then Install All in the upper right.
  • If you prefer, you can simply do nothing and your computer should download and install the patch on its own after hours on Friday.  Please beware that the patch installation will require a reboot, so any unsaved documents you have open will have their progress lost.

For that reason, ITS recommends that you install the patch through Software Center manually at your convenience, so that you have more control over when your computer reboots.  This will make you less likely to lose any unsaved work.

Any unpatched PCs not powered on and connected to ETSU's network on Friday evening will have the update applied the next time they are connected on campus.

If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk.

Last Modified Date
8/14/2019 10:09:56 AM