Our users might have heard about the “POODLE” security bug that was recently discovered in the technology that helps to secure web pages (specifically in SSL 3.0, which provides the
https:// on older web browsers).
To protect users’ personal data and transaction details University Relations’ vendors are disabling support for older browsers that use the affected technology. This includes IE6 (Microsoft Internet Explorer 6), IE7 (Microsoft Internet Explorer 7), and Windows XP.
Most users won’t notice a change, but anyone using the affected technologies will be unable to access Wesleyan’s secure pages for actions such as logging in to Wesconnect, registering for events, making donations, etc.
As an added precaution, we suggest that all members of the extended Wesleyan community (alumni, parents, and friends) test their web browsers and take the recommended steps to disable SSL 3.0.
If you have any questions or concerns please let us know and we will get right back to you.
- Poodle bug marks third major security flaw discovered this year (New York Times)
- SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack (Ars Technica)
- POODLE’s bark may be worse than its bite (FCW)