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Arista-scat! Possible import ban looms after US ITC decision

Ethernet switch vendor Arista faces a possible import ban, after losing a key round in its ongoing patent battle with Cisco. Since 2014, Switchzilla has been pursuing Arista, chiefly on the accusation that the upstart's command-line interface is the same as the IOS CLI. While Arista was cleared over two patents, the ITC has …
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Intrinsic: We have no CEO. Otherwise everything is tickety-boo

Cisco Gold partner Intrinsic Technology has confirmed it is CEO-less - which Reg readers already knew - but that all is OK, everything is working out as planned. Honestly. As revealed by us this week, the Merseyside-based reseller has burned through four leaders in five years with the latest departure – Mark Bates – having …
Paul Kunert, 23 Jun 2016
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Linux's NFV crew: Operators keen to ditch clunky networks, be 'cool' like, er, Facebook

OPNFV Summit Network operators have a jealous eye on the likes of Facebook and Google and want to ditch their clunky networks to compete for "cooler" consumer services, the head of the open-source network function virtualisation (NFV) project has said. Heather Kirksey is director of the collaborative Linux foundation's OPNFV project – the …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2016
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Put storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster? You're CRAZY... Like a fox

Sysadmin blog Hyperconvergence, putting storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster, was supposed to save us from the cost and expense of centralized storage. Thus far, mainstream providers of hyperconvergence have largely failed to deliver on this promise. 2016 looks set to be the year this finally changes. Nutanix has been …
Trevor Pott, 23 Jun 2016
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Libarchive needs patching again

Users, developers, sysadmins – World+Dog, really – need to get busy patching libarchive, after Cisco Talos researchers turned up three new vulnerabilities. Described here, the bugs all relate to input validation. CVE-2016-4300 is a heap overflow in its handling of 7zip files: a malicious file can cause an integer overflow, …

Patch the Pidgin, patch the...

Dastardly security bugs in widely used chat app Pidgin have been discovered and patched. You should grab version 2.11 as it fixes the following exploitable information-leaking and buffer overflow programming blunders, all found by Cisco's Talos crew: CVE-2016-2365 - Pidgin MXIT Markup Command Denial of Service Vulnerability …
Chris Williams, 22 Jun 2016
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Cisco firmware patch lands

Cisco has pushed out firmware for its RV-series wireless routers to patch last week's vulnerability. The HTTP sanitization bug affected the Cisco RV110W Wireless-N VPN Firewall, Cisco RV130W Wireless-N Multifunction VPN Router, and Cisco RV215W Wireless-N VPN Router. The flaw let a remote attacker run commands as root. The …
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What's DriveScale up to? Mix-'n'-match server and disk storage, for starters

Backgrounder DriveScale is a startup that emerged from a three-year stealth effort earlier this year with hardware and software to dynamically present externally connected JBODS to servers as if they were local. The idea is to provide composable server-storage combos for changing Hadoop-type distributed workloads. It is meant to share the …
Chris Mellor, 21 Jun 2016
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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

Exclusive Microsoft invited a UK government cabinet minister from the Remain camp to give its troops the big sell on why Blighty should stay in the EU – but shelved the meeting following the murder of MP Jo Cox, the company confirmed. The senior politician was to debrief the Windows giant's Brit workforce on the benefits of staying …
Paul Kunert, 20 Jun 2016
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Kill Flash now. Or patch these 36 vulnerabilities. Your choice

Adobe has released an update for Flash that addresses three dozen CVE-listed vulnerabilities. The update includes a fix for the CVE-2016-4171 remote code execution vulnerability that is right now being exploited in the wild to install malware on victims' computers. Adobe is recommending that users running Flash for Windows, …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2016
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Samsung to acquire Joyent

Container pioneer and Sun alumni lair Joyent has been bought by Samsung. Since the buyer is a world-spanning industrial powerhouse, the acquisition is too small for Samsung to have to talk about the price. Joyent's probably most famous as the first corporate steward of node.js and one of the language's largest users. It's …

SOHOpeless Cisco wireless kit needs critical patch

A range of SOHO-targeted network kit from Cisco, pitched as “highly secure”, isn't. Switchzilla has just issued a critical patch for three devices in its RV range: the RV110W 802.11N VPN/firewall; and the RV130 and RV125 802.11n VPN routers. The bug lets a remote attacker send crafted HTTP requests and execute code as root. …
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Speaking in Tech: 'Radical dev-focused' work from Apple...

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's El Reg's weekly tech-cast, hosted by Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. This week the dynamic duo discuss MPLS, open software, AWS and Bill Gates. Their special guest this week is Stephen Foskett, Organizer in Chief at Tech Field Day. The details… (1:00) HPE’s Vegas …
Team Register, 15 Jun 2016
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Cisco startup investment

Cisco has invested an undisclosed amount in storage software startup Elastifile. Elastifile is an Israeli startup, founded in 2014, and developing scale-out software to run all-flash arrays to provide enterprise-class file, block and object storage. The software will, we’re told, seamlessly extend file systems across on- …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2016
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Punchy SimpliVity wins a Global 50 financial services customer

Hyper-converged systems supplier SimpliVity has won a Global 50 customer, a financial services one. This company has been in existence for more than 100 years. It hopes to reduce its IT total cost of ownership by an astonishing $100m over five years. We don't know who it is but we're thinking it is a financial services …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jun 2016
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Cisco is to spend $10m on infosec scholarships to 'widen talent pool'

Cisco is setting up a $10m scholarship fund to train the next generation of IT security staff. The Global Cybersecurity Scholarship Program will run for two years and will pay for 10,000 applicants to be trained in the art of cyber security. It includes a mentoring program to provide specialist knowledge. The basic coursework …
Iain Thomson, 14 Jun 2016
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Cisco slides out Python lib

Cisco has quietly opened up some of its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) interfaces, by way of a Python kit published on Github. Published under the Apache license, Cisco's Uniq is a Python API client library for its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module's (APIC-EM) northbound APIs. The APIC …
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Here's what six storage suppliers will be doing for the next year or two

Analyst haus Stifel Nicolaus' MD, Aaron Rakers, has had some fireside chats with senior execs from Brocade and QLogic, Pure and Nimble, Seagate and WDC at a Stifel Nicolaus Technology, Internet & Media Conference in San Francisco. The execs gave their thoughts on HDD demand, HAMR HDD tech, NVME over fabrics, Gen 6 Fibre …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jun 2016

TeslaCrypt tamed

Cisco's Talos security team says it's now possible to decrypt data maimed by any version of the TeslaCrypt ransomware. Security researchers and TeslaCrypt played cat and mouse across four versions. The authors of the net nasty have since thrown in the towel, and rival security vendor ESET released a decryption tool. Talos has …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2016
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Chrome's PDF reader has arbitrary code execution flaw

A Researcher at Cisco's Talos limb have discovered an arbitrary code execution flaw in PDFium, the PDF reader installed by default in Google's Chrome browser. CVE-2016-1681, discovered by Talos' Aleksandar Nikolic, means that PDF that includes an embedded jpeg2000 image can trigger an exploitable heap buffer overflow. The …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jun 2016

Speaking in Tech: Hold up. Mark Zuckerberg has a PINTEREST account?

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly techcast, hosted by Sarah Vela, Amy Lewis and Justin Warren. This week the threesome discuss Bitmojis, AWS falling down Down Under, MPLS and more. The details… (1:00) Weather woes, Eddie Spinach, DockerCon and BrenderCon (5:35) NetApp and Dell pimpin (7 …
Team Register, 08 Jun 2016

Juniper: Yes, IPv6 ping-of-death hits Junos OS, too

That IPv6 neighbour packet discovery bug Cisco warned about last week? Juniper has just followed Switchzilla by warning it has the same problem. When Cisco announced the vuln, it said other IPv6 implementations would also be at risk. The Gin Palace agrees: CVE-2016-1409 is an issue for anybody running Junos OS. The advisory …
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Behold the zettabyte internet

Total traffic on the internet this year is going to surpass the one zettabyte mark. This according to Cisco, who says in its latest Visual Networking Index report that humanity will slurp down a staggering 1,000 exabytes this year. In Western Europe alone, Cisco estimates that internet traffic will reach 28 exabytes a month …
Shaun Nichols, 07 Jun 2016
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Cisco: 'No truth' to rumour of Nutanix software on UCS servers

We are hearing Cisco is going to partner with Nutanix and have Nutanix hyper-convergence software sold on UCS servers, echoing similar meet-in-the-channel partnership deals it has with SimpliVity and others. The company has denied it, though. The last hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA) news from Cisco was …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jun 2016

Three Four top Cisco execs leave after being made 'advisors'

Updated Last week, a Cisco reorganisation switched three of its big names to advisory roles: this week, they've left the company. The individuals involved are Mario Mazzola, Prem Jain, Luca Cafiero, and Soni Jiandani were referred to as “MPLS” within the company (Cisco was an early contributor to the protocol of the same acronym). …

SCC blows up tech sevices balloon, fiscal '16 profits swell

‘Thank god for our IT services biz’ might be the general sentiment expressed by top brass at SCC after another year when the shelf life for firms reselling hardware and software got a little shorter. Services might not be coming good for all IT vendors - for that see the gloom at some of the majors - but they accounted for the …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jun 2016

CryptXXX ransomware improves security, GUI, slurps Cisco creds

Net scum behind the ransomware upstart CryptXXX have parried white hat attacks and released a new and as-yet-uncracked malware variant that can encrypt network shares, and steal account logins. The changes CryptXXX, already the most widely-used ransomware, the most dangerous such tool. The modular malware menace uses StillerX …
Darren Pauli, 06 Jun 2016
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Cisco drags down the Ethernet switch market, routers grow a little

The Ethernet market remains limp, with IDC's first-quarter data showing a mere 1.4 per cent increase compared with the first quarter of 2015. By contrast, the number-cruncher reckons the router market expanded by a still-disappointing 3.3 per cent. The only Ethernet geography to show double-digit growth was the Asia Pacific, …
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Patch NTP against DoS, again

The Network Time Protocol (NTP) organisation pushed out a bunch of patches last Thursday, including one high-severity bug. The vulnerabilities in question are CVE-2016-4957 (another vulnerability in Crypto-NAK found by Cisco), and from Red Hat there's CVE-2016-4953 (an authentication bug), CVE-2016-4954 (server packet spoofing …

Cisco axes unloved M-Series modular servers two years after launch

Exclusive Cisco will kill off its M-Series modular server line, citing lack of customer interest. In an internal company memo, seen by The Register, Cisco data center/virtualization VP Frank Palumbo said stalled demand for the modular line convinced Cisco to end sales for the compact servers less than two years after their introduction …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jun 2016

Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

Hoping to keep industrial control systems out of reach of hackers by keeping them air-gapped is a hopeless mission that’s bound for failure, according to a SCADA guru. Isolating SCADA systems as a means of protection has been suggested by some as a defensive tactic after hackers briefly took out elements of the power grid in …
John Leyden, 03 Jun 2016
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IBM, Cisco hop into IoT bed

Cisco will add IBM's artificial intelligence product Watson to its routers as part of an internet of things deal, announced Thursday. No money will change hands, but sales teams from both companies will work together to push each others' technologies. The idea is that Cisco routers and switches will host Watson, and so collect …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Jun 2016
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Cisco warns IPv6 ping-of-death vuln is everyone's problem

Cisco is warning network administrators about a flaw in the handling of IPv6 packets that it says extends beyond its own products. The networking behemoth has issued a security alert detailing a vulnerability in the processing of IPv6 Neighbor Discovery (ND) packets that could allow a remote and unauthenticated miscreant to …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Jun 2016
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Anaemic hyperscale orders hurt server makers in Q1

A pause in hyper-scale deployments has triggered the first year-on-year decline in seven quarters for global server shipments and revenues. Also a “clear end to the enterprise refresh cycle” contributed to the Q1, 2016 slow down, according to IDC, the tech market watcher. In essence, Q1 2015 revenues were flattered by a major …
Drew Cullen, 02 Jun 2016
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SolidFire brushes up its OS with Fluorine

NetApp’s SolidFire unit has announced a new appliance, an operating system refresh, and a software licensing change separating its software from specific hardware products. NetApp and Cisco FlexPods will get a SolidFire array option for existing systems and a SolidFire-based FlexPod configuration will be announced in the …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
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Cisco Primes bug-fixes

Cisco Prime network management users have a bunch of patches to implement, covering both local and remote vulnerabilities. All the bugs are in the Cisco Prime Network Analysis module. Probably the most critical is this one. Improper input validation in the software lets an attacker send a crafted HTTP request to the target, …
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Scale Computing is a tiny fish in a small pond. Fancy its chances?

Comment Scale Computing is one of 13 suppliers attacking the hyper-converged infrastructure market. Not all will survive. What has it got that makes it distinctive and gives it the potential for success? Scale’s difference is based on its SMB customer approach, meaning low-cost and simplified admin, and cleaned up IO stack. This, it …
Chris Mellor, 31 May 2016
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Google pays $65k to shutter 23 Chrome bugs

Google has patched 42 vulnerabilities including 23 contributed by external researchers earning them US$65,000 (£54,030, A$83,732) in rewards. The patches reported by external researchers cover nine high-, 10 medium- and four low- severity holes. Half of the payouts went to prolific Polish pwner Mariusz Mlynski who scored US$ …
Darren Pauli, 30 May 2016
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Ansible adds .1 to Ansible 2.0, de-betas networking

Ansible has pushed out version 2.1 of its eponymous automation platform, with a large part of the update consisting of peeling off beta stickers on features it announced earlier this year. The vendor unveiled a foray into networking back in February at its London AnsibleFest. That technical preview has now been formalised as a …
Joe Fay, 27 May 2016
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Speaking in Tech: Microsoft's 'Bing concierge bot' appears in the job ads

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise It's our weekly tech-cast - hosted by Sarah Vela, Ed Saipetch and Ben Kepes. This week, the threesome discuss Cloud Foundry, scale-model space shuttles, platforms and tricky windows. Our special guest this week is Mark Twomey (aka Storagezilla) of EMC. (1:00) Ben and Ed …
Team Register, 25 May 2016
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'Grey tech' broker DP Data Systems has gone titsup

DP Data Systems has given up the ghost just months after committing to quit the grey market in favour of “authorised” tech. The company’s website stated, “Sorry we have now ceased trading”. Suppliers and customers were then directed to email addresses of the firm's accounts and credit control departments respectively. Back in …
Paul Kunert, 25 May 2016
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HPE spins out enterprise services business into CSC

HP Enterprise (HPE) has spun out its enterprise services business into CSC, creating an entity with US26bn of revenue. HPE has made lots of noise about turning around its services division, largely by aggressively reducing its headcount. In this move, HPE will be senior partner in the new entity by revenue and headcount but …
Simon Sharwood, 25 May 2016
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Nutanix slims down code, chases after small business

Nutanix is having a crack at the medium-sized business market with a product called Xpress. The new product is a hyperconverged hardware and software bundle that Nutanix says starts at US$25,000 for an entry-level three-node cluster capable of running from 10 to 400 or 500 virtual machines. Nutanix says the secret sauce is …
Simon Sharwood, 24 May 2016
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Your next server will be a box full of connected stuff, not a server

Servers are about to devolve into bespoke collections of compute and storage, says Gartner veep and distinguished analyst Andrew Butler. Speaking last week's Infrastructure Operations & Data Centre Summit in Sydney, Butler said the days of buying a server to handle a specific workload are nearly gone. Instead, you'll soon shop …
Simon Sharwood, 23 May 2016
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EMC, Cisco and pals nail colours to the EU Remain mast

American storage seller EMC is the latest tech tanker to tell the good burghers of Britain it wants the country to remain in the EU, and it even did so without mentioning Hitler or ISIS. Outgoing CEO Big Joe Tucci and execs at other big businesses including Cisco, Ford of Europe, Airbus, Mars, IBM UK and Microsoft UK signed a …
Paul Kunert, 20 May 2016
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VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016. Nutanix is felt to be the revenue leader in the field, having …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016

Cisco retires Nexus 6000 switches

Cisco will retire its Nexus 6000 switches in mid-2017. The company recently popped out a end-of-life notice for the switches, which were launched in 2013 as part of a push to encourage adoption of 40G Ethernet. These days Cisco is keener on 100G Ethernet, promising to sell you faster kit for the same price as 40G kit. With …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016

When are flat revenues not so bad? When your name is Cisco

Cisco says that it is optimistic on its financial outlook despite a "challenging environment" that saw the networking giant's quarterly revenues drop slightly. "We delivered a strong Q3, executing well despite the challenging environment," said CEO Chuck Robbins. "I'm pleased with our performance today as well as the progress …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2016

Cisco patches security appliance bugs

It's Borg Bug Day, and this week Cisco's issued patches of interest to users of its Adaptive Security Appliances (ASAs). The two newly-announced bugs are CVE-2016-1379, a VPN block memory exhaustion vulnerability; and CVE-2016-1385, a problem with the ASA XML parser. The memory exhaustion vulnerability affects ASA software …
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Cisco SIP slip spikes servers

Cisco has patched a bug in some of its video server SIP implementations that left them open to a remote denial-of-service attack. The Borg says the Cisco Video Communication Server can be crashed by a malformed SIP header message, adding that remote attackers can exploit this by manipulating the SIP URI. An attacker doesn't …