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Don’t Let the Dog In!

Posted: October 23, 2014

A newly-discovered flaw in old website security technology – a flaw commonly known as Poodle – has caused Ag IT and thousands of other web site hosts to tighten web security to keep the poodle out. Since we’ve changed the lock on the door you may need a new key to get in!

A newly discovered bug in website technology has prompted Ag IT – and thousands of other website hosts across the world – to tighten access to our secure web services.  SharePoint and Outlook Web Access (OWA) are the two of our services that may impact you the most.

Later this week Ag IT will implement a change that will cause some older web browsers to fail when connecting to secure areas.  If the browser you are using is incompatible with current security you will be denied access, and the message you receive will be similar to this:

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Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to agsci.psu.edu.

Cannot communicate securely with peer: no common encryption algorithm(s).

(Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)

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If you see this message or something similar when attempting to connect to our servers, it will be necessary to use an up-to-date version of your favorite browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). If you are using a Penn State owned computer, contact IT Support at 814-865-1229 or AgCompSupport@psu.edu and we will help you to change browsers.  If you are using a personally owned computer you can download Firefox, Chrome or both at the following websites:

https://www.google.com/chrome/

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Making the changes above will enable you to use our services.  To increase your safety at other web sites you may wish to make some changes to your browser configuration at home and at work.  You can find steps for those changes here:

http://tweaks.com/windows/67027/how-to-protect-ie-chrome-and-firefox-from-the-poodle-ssl-v3-exploit/