Microsoft Office 2013 & Office 365

ITS have received a number of queries regarding Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365.

Neither of these versions of Office are compatible with operating systems as old as Windows XP or Windows Vista.

As a staff member or student, you can obtain a Windows 8 upgrade via www.theultimatesteal.co.uk but we recommend that you check the system requirements and specifications carefully.

IT Services do not recommend installing either of these versions of Office software on University owned devices at this time as we are still investigating core systems compatibility.

As soon as we have more information regarding this, we will update this article

Security Bulletin June 2012

In light of the regularity of malware incidents, we have another security bulletin about Java and Windows Update.

Our security team have now seen machines on campus and on the readingConnect network running Java version 1.6.0_31 being compromised via a “Scalaxy” exploit kit. It’s only a matter of time before the exploit appears in other, more prevalent kits.

Java needs to be 1.6.0_33 or 1.7.0_5 (released on Patch Tuesday, 12 June) to be safe. IT Services automated script will now also upgrade Java 1.7.0_x if required, should you need this, please contact IT Services.

This month’s Patch Tuesday Microsoft updates included a fix for a Remote Desktop (RDP) exploit that could again be potentially used for a worm. People with RDP enabled on their PCs or Terminal Servers need to be patched as soon as possible.

There were also fixes for Internet Explorer that are being actively exploited. We have seen one attempt to exploit another IE vulnerability that has not been patched yet, but for which exploit code has been published.