Archive for April, 2014

Information on Atlas Products and the Internet Explorer bug

There is a bug (named CVE-2014-1776) that has been discovered in Internet Explorer versions 6 through 11. Microsoft has additional information on the vulnerability on their TechNet site.

It is a “remote code execution vulnerability” that requires the user to navigate to a page that exploits this bug. While this may be possible while browsing the Internet, addons within ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon are generally only pointing to known and reputable web sites (Google, Amazon, ILSes, etc.).

So while the staff client does use Internet Explorer to display web pages in addons, users should not be at risk so long as they are only using addons written by trusted sources.

As for when Atlas products will no longer use Internet Explorer as the browser for its addons, that is a larger issue and one that will take more investigation. We will continue to look at that but can’t give any timelines or ideas as to what might change about that yet.

Feel free to contact support if you have any questions about this by calling 800-567-7401 or emailing

Information on Atlas Products and Heartbleed

An online security vulnerability affecting OpenSSL known as Heartbleed has been discovered this week by independent researchers. The Atlas suite of products (ILLiad, Ares, and Aeon) all use Microsoft Internet Information Services which does not use OpenSSL and was not affected by this.

Other remote authentication components may be affected by Heartbleed. OCLC hosted servers use EZProxy for remote authentication and are not affected. As a precautionary measure, Atlas has already upgraded any Shibboleth SP installations potentially affected on hosted servers to the latest version and added a patch that corrects the vulnerability. Atlas has also created new InCommon keys for those Shibboleth servers.

If your self-hosted server is using Shibboleth or any other remote authentication using OpenSSL, those authentication services may be affected by Heartbleed. Contact your server administrator if you use those authentication methods and are self-hosted.

Findings regarding the vulnerability were published on Monday (April 7), but the problem has been present since March 2012.

Join the Atlas Team – Now Hiring a Systems Technician for our ITS Team

Atlas Systems is continuing to grow! We’re adding a Systems Technician to work with our current ITS Team to help maintain and support our IT infrastructure. The primary duties include maintaining office computer hardware and software, working with the hosted environment hardware and software, working with our service team on customer support issues related to ITS, and a variety of other projects.

This is a great entry level opportunity for someone with an interest in pursuing a career in the systems field. The key criteria for success are motivation and a desire to work in a team environment. Although IT or systems librarian experience is preferred, it is not required. Learn more about this position here: Job Description – Systems Technician.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to

Team Stryker Raises $4,000 for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center

On March 15, 2014 in Virginia Beach a team of 21 walkers and runners from Atlas Systems participated in the Shamrock 8K race to raise money for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Tennessee. Thanks to the support of the amazing extended Atlas family of staff, friends and customers “Team Stryker” raised $4,000 for the Sarah Cannon Fund.

The race took place several days before the start of the ILLiad Conference, held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Atlas Systems is grateful for all the donations and extends a special thank you to the Hilton for donating a room upgrade and a $100 gift card to their restaurant, Catch 31, to an ILLiad Conference attendee who donated to Team Stryker.

In 2015, the race will be on the Saturday after the ILLiad Conference and Atlas Systems plans to “shamrock” again. The conference will be held March 17-19, 2015; the Shamrock 8K will be on March 21. The Hilton has committed again to donate a room upgrade and gift certificate to Catch 31. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us for the conference and the race!

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