[personal profile] willowroot
And the emergency patch instituted last night apparently forgot to account for a re-auto-update feature in McAfee or something similar.

The MCIT systems are back to square one. At least I managed to safe-boot one of the machines and disable the auto-update function yesterday...

Date: 2010-04-22 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mazianni.livejournal.com
A friend of mine is a Mac guy in IT over there. He must be having a ball.

Date: 2010-04-22 03:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flinx.livejournal.com
It's been interesting catching commentary from some of my friends and acquaintances scattered throughout IT here on campus. This appears to be a med-center-specific beastie, because of the effort to run a corporate-style unified IT policy with pushed updates and so on. That the research labs are also affected is incidental to the mess that the main med center techs are dealing with.

Date: 2010-04-22 04:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mazianni.livejournal.com
That's not a bad idea, if you test the patches before you push them out to everyone.

Boom today.

Date: 2010-04-22 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgmi.livejournal.com
McAfee should be testing the patches before they release them into the wild.

Doesn't mean the local admins shouldn't also test before distributing, but the primary failure here is on the software provider. Flinx's med center is only one of many, many organizations dealing with this blunder.

Date: 2010-04-22 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] valsharess1.livejournal.com
Good lord!

Date: 2010-04-22 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flinx.livejournal.com
Whilst conversing with our local IT guy, he mentioned that the word came down from on high: "Don't call in sick on Thursday unless you're already dead."



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