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September 2, 2016

Mac OS X Users Should Run Updates Today

An iOS vulnerability found using the Safari web browser has been found to also affect Mac OS X versions as well. Apple released a new version of Safari (9.1.3) yesterday that will fix the vulnerability.

“The exploit allowed hackers to take full control over a victim’s device by tricking them into click a malicious link”, according to Brian Barrett of

Created by a shadowy cyberarms groups called NSO Group, the attack was discovered after a human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor received two suspicious SMS messages. Suspecting a phishing attempt, he contacted researchers at Citizen Lab, who were able to identify the exploit’s exact mechanisms.

It’s not surprising that Apple’s desktop products are also affected; the vulnerability lies in Safari’s WebKit, the engine that drives web browsing on all of Apple’s hardware products.

In order to run the update, go the the Apple menu, select the App Store option, then click on Updates. The update will require a restart of the machine or device to take effect.

For more information, check out the article from

CAS Department Theme for Undergraduates: CAS Design Theme and Toolkit

Our final post on the Undergraduate pages is about the CAS Department Theme used in WordPress/UO Blogs for CAS Departments, Programs, and Institutes.

Theme Features

The theme has a distinct color palette that is used in conjunction with each administrative division used in the College:

  • Utilizes three menu locations (marked as 2, 4, and 5)
  • Featured post categories on the department homepage (marked as 3)
  • Custom plugins for a front page slideshow (marked as 1), course management, and faculty/staff/student profiles.

For more information on the CAS Department Theme, check out the CAS Design Toolkit site.

Theme Adoption

The process for adopting this theme is as simple as sending a request for the CAS Department Theme to the Information Service Tech Desk via email along with the URL of the department site. Each of the additional plugins like the Courses and Profiles plugins require requests through the same channel.

Some considerations to keep in mind moving forward are that the existing content on the site prior to the theme change may be altered in order to comply with the new theme. One issue that could arise would be in conjunction with how menus are created, managed, and displayed (as seen in a previous post).

If you have any questions on how to help alleviate some of those transition issues, please contact us here at CASIT.

CASIT Web Services completed projects Spring/Summer 2016

Here is the list of projects completed over Spring and Summer:

Sites moved to CAS design toolkit:

Drupal Projects:

  • CASIT Projects: site created to intake projects CASIT web services should work on.
  • EPIC-N (SCI) Database Additions: changed to the new theme which is same as what its department site is using now and implemented advanced search.
  • Polisci Travel Authorization Form: add new form and workflow to PS Forms site.
  • English Graduate Database Additions: added new form and tables to track GTF/Teacher evaluations and other user interface improvements.
  • Printing and Mailing Services – CTX forms: created a form on and helped Printing and Mailing services with managing their Drupal site.

Other Projects:

  • College Transition Collaborative Survey Redirect: we setup a custom redirect that sends authenticated incoming freshman to a Stanford survey.
  • ICA Site Migration: migrated Joomla site to WordPress on UO Blogs.

You can see more information about those sites on our portfolio:

Big thank you to everyone in the web team.