Log4j Upload Workarounds

Due to the current Log4j vulnerability, our Blackboard hosts have therefore disabled several aspects of BB that rely on that component. As a result, certain documents which have the potential to carry malicious code are being blocked. These are the workarounds we have for students/instructors until the vulnerabilities are corrected: 

Post documents to Blackboard in the original file format

For example, try uploading the Word document you wrote instead of converting it to a PDF.

Link to online sources instead of uploading PDFs

While this will only work for non-original content, finding digital sources and linking to them instead of uploading PDFs will not only help in this situation but is a far more accessible option, so you’ll be improving your course!  If you are linking to a resource from the library databases, be sure to use a permalink.   

Import from Cloud (OneDrive)

Save your file to a cloud storage solution and use the import from cloud feature.  All students and faculty have access to Microsoft OneDrive with their campus username and password.  

Linking to files in OneDrive

You can also save your file to a cloud storage solution and share the link in Blackboard. All students and faculty have access to Microsoft OneDrive with their campus username and password. See this video for how to upload content to OneDrive and then link to it in Blackboard. You can also view our OneDrive documentation here if you want to learn more about cloud-based file hosting.

Printing as a PDF:

Save your document in case you need to edit it later.
Press Ctrl+P to summon the Print screen.
You will see the word "Printer" and just below it, a box containing a list of available printers.
From that box choose "Microsoft Print to PDF".
Click the Print button.
Nothing is printed on paper, but the document will be "printed" to a new PDF file.
Choose a location on your computer for the PDF file to be saved.
Type a filename.
Click the Save button.

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Article ID: 140615
Created
Thu 1/13/22 11:14 AM
Modified
Fri 1/14/22 8:06 AM