On Friday, September 26, the system hackers team discovered a misconfiguration in the wiki setup. The error, if discovered, would have enabled an unauthorised party to read protected pages and user configurations.

It was possible to read the encrypted password hashes of guest users. Registered Fellows, who log in using their Fellowship password were not affected by this. To all others we recommend changing their wiki password as a precaution.

Implementing Free Software usage policy

It would be nice to replace all proprietary software with Free Software during an all-night spree, but that's usually not practical.

Get the policy in

Maybe the most important first step is to convince the decision makers that the school/company should be using Free Software.

:See also: Reasons for public administration to use Free Software, Reasons for schools to use Free Software.

Phased

A policy to use Free software can be phased in. One first step would be to tell the school about Free Software and then suggest they replace any proprietary web browsers with Mozilla Firefox. Or, you could ask that they install OpenOffice.org and that they remove any proprietary offices suites (if present).

Component by component, they can move to Free Software, and when they replace the operating system with a Free Software operating system, the change should be quite easy.