Just a little post about some info that has come to my attention due to me working in the IT field. Not sure how many of you know this already...
The IT Help Desk has determined that a “spyware” application called “CommonName” causes the symptoms such as false authentication against certain online databases in CMU, such as the Parking Registration form, as well as the Online Oasis Course Maintenance. The student email service has also been affected by this, causing a blank screen to appear when logging in to the server. “CommonName” is often distributed with Napster-like file sharing applications such as IMesh, WinMX, etc. “CommonName” is also installed by a program called Gator.
Programs similar to “CommonName” may also cause similar problems, but to date “CommonName” is the only application found to affect systems in the manner described.
Click the Start button, then point to Settings, and then click on Control Panel. If you use Windows XP with the standard XP start menu, you will need to click Start and then click Control Panel. Double-click Add/Remove Programs (this may be labeled Add or Remove Programs). Locate “CommonName” and then click to select it. If “CommonName” does not appear on the list of installed programs, discontinue these steps. With “CommonName” selected, click the Change/Remove button (button may be labeled Add/Remove on some systems). When the “CommonName Uninstall” window appears, click the Uninstall button. After the uninstall process is complete, close all open windows and then restart the computer. Restarting the computer is an essential part of the removal process.
Apparently, these p2p software packages include spyware. Hmmmmmm. I double checked this against my laptop at home, and i had the Common Name software installed. Weird.
*Edit* This is not only CMU's system, but many other systems around the globe that have problems using authentication databases when Common Name is a factor.
Sorry bout the length.
Last edited by 98intrepidandrew; 09-13-2002 at 10:09 AM.