[unisog] MSN Messenger - two questions

Edgecombe, Jason jwedgeco at uncc.edu
Tue Feb 20 21:31:11 GMT 2007

Hi there,

I second the suggestion of an internal jabber server.

There are multiple IM services, which one should be supported? Ask your
boss that.

I would strongly encourage the use of a web chat type of interface.
There are a couple of open source helpdesk packages that do this. That
minimizes the bad guys and avoids the "Which IM network" issue.

Jason Edgecombe
Solaris & Linux Administrator
Mosaic Computing Group, College of Engineering
Phone: (704) 687-3514

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[mailto:unisog-bounces at lists.dshield.org] On Behalf Of Alan Rothenbush
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2007 3:46 PM
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Subject: [unisog] MSN Messenger - two questions


I'm now under some pressure to "release" MSN Messenger to a group of my
some of them senior administrators.

To date, the answer has been "no, insecure, next question", and as I
"own" the 
machines and the users are but users, it has not yet been installed.

Sadly, these bosses (at least one of whom can fire me) now present a 
legitimate business need for which I have no other solution, the problem

being that prospective students almost universally choose some sort of
IM as 
the preferred form of communication.  

(The Instant Gratification generation, I suppose, making me once again
feel my 

Since we (annoyingly) do need students around the place, I'm probably
going to 
have to come up with some solution.

My concerns (perhaps unfounded) are the need to open up the built-in XP 
firewall to a server off in the big bad internet, allowing access to an 
application that I think has historic security issues.

Question 1:

Are my concerns unfounded ?  

(My response "they're all wrong" to the statement "every other
university does 
it" doesn't seem to be enough of an explanation)

Question 2:

If it turns out I have to do this, any tips for keeping things safe ?

Thanks in advance.


Alan Rothenbush
Academic Computing Services
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, B.C., Canada

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