Feeds

Why your vendor has no SNMP fix

And why Microsoft hates Uncle Sam

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Ever wonder why only a handful of vendors had a fix ready for the myriad SNMP vulnerabilities recently reported? The vulns were discovered nine months ago, after all.

We picked up a tip from one of our sources Thursday. It appears that the FBI's NIPC pressured the White House, which in turn pressured CERT, to break the news two weeks sooner than originally planned.

NIPC decided that the vast smorgasbord of holes was a threat to crucial infrastructure, and that forewarned was forearmed. The reasoning here is that a simple workaround beats blithe ignorance hands down.

Most vendors thought they had an additional two weeks to tweak their patches, and that's why so few are available at the moment.

Interesting here is that NIPC's decision flies in the face of Microsoft's neurotic insistence that vulnerabilities not be disclosed until an 'official' patch can be cobbled together. This may be the best criticism yet of MS' security through obscurity regime.

We note that MS was delighted to leave millions of Passport users vulnerable to exploitation while they worked on a patch for a disastrous hole. It was only when their trousers were pulled down by security researcher Marc Slemko that they disabled the 'feature' which left their foolishly trusting customers open to attack.

Apparently Uncle Sam thinks this approach to network security is bollocks.

This may be a golden moment. We think it is too. ®

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.