Notices & bulletins

Notices or bulletins contain important information regarding services offered by University Systems. These may include campus communications regarding changes to services or new service offerings, notification of large-scale planned outages, or recommendations on newly released software. Select any of the messages below to learn more.

Planned outage of campus internet access - Sunday, July 22 6:00 am to 10:00 am

To facilitate required maintenance by BCNET, all campus Internet access will interrupted for a four hour period from Sunday, July 22 at 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Services are expected to be fully restored by 10:00 AM. All online services hosted at UVic will be inaccessible from off campus during this window.

Planned outage of campus internet access - Friday, April 27 from 11:00 pm to 1:00 am April 28.

To facilitate equipment modernization, all campus Internet access will interrupted for a two hour period beginning Friday, April 27 at 11:00 pm. Services will be fully restored by 1:00 am April 28. No services hosted at UVic will be available from off campus during this window.

TPM chip vulnerability

A serious vulnerability has been announced in the Infineon Trusted Platform Module (TPM) processors used to secure encryption keys in many PCs and laptops. We utilize TPM modules to implement Bitlocker whole disk encryption on all of our managed computers. Vendors using Infineon TPM chips include HP, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Microsoft (Surface lines), Acer, Asus, LG, Samsung and Toshiba. Lenovo has reported that a number of their devices are impacted by this vulnerability, but our standard Dell desktops and laptops do not appear to be using the Infineon TPM chips.

Wifi WPA2 vulnerability

A vulnerability with the WPA2 secure wifi protocol has been announced today. This vulnerability, called KRACK attacks, impacts all wifi enabled devices including computers, mobile devices and wifi access points and routers. Because this is a flaw in the WPA standard it impacts all devices that use the WPA protocol. University Systems is investigating the impact of this vulnerability on the UVic wifi network and wifi enabled devices.