Off-campus access using eZproxy and updates to third-party web sites

The eZproxy authentication framework enables the library to provide secure off-campus access to subscription-based third-party resources for providers who are unable to support the Shibboleth protocol. We have encountered an issue over the last few months that has led to the loss of off-campus to a number of such resources. This is the result of those third-party web platforms moving their entire site across from ‘http:’ to the more secure ‘https:’ protocol. This causes a key component of the exchange between the university’s eZproxy server and the third party site to fail.

The solution to this issue is an upgrade to the eZproxy server, an enhancement that colleagues in IS are preparing to deploy to the production environment once testing has successfully completed.

The resources currently affected by this problem are:

  • BCIS
  • Elgar Online
  • isurv
  • New Left Review

In addition, it is currently not possible for for students to register new accounts on the WGSN service from off-campus. The library is able to register new accounts for students who are off-site and have details of their registration emailed to them. Once registration has completed, off-campus access to WGSN is available.

A further update will follow once the upgrade to eZproxy has been deployed and access to these services is confirmed as restored.

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