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'007' code helps stop Spectre exploits before they exist

Black hats haven't yet found a way to mass-exploit the Spectre vulnerability – but mitigations are already arriving. Beyond chip vendor and operating system patches, there remain reasons to seek out additional defences: there are still circumstances in which protective coverage is incomplete – and over in the world of Android …
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Pinging admins: Here comes your packet of networking news

Roundup What happened in networking this week? Well, for starters, Nokia acquired analytics company SpaceTime Insight, and will roll its capabilities into its Internet of Things business. SpaceTime Insight provides IoT analytics and applications for the transport, energy, and utilities sectors. Its focus was predicting asset failure, …

It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

Sysadmins should already have purged WINS from their Microsoft Windows Server environments – but if they haven't, there's a new reason to take it for one last walk out behind the shed. Fortinet's Honggang Ren says a WINS Server remote memory corruption vulnerability in the MS-proprietary name server isn't going to get fixed, …

Hello, Fortinet? Could you patch these vulns please?

Fortinet's load balancer has been found to include a bunch of vulnerabilities, and so far, the Carnegie-Mellon CERT hasn't been able to determine whether or not they've all been patched. In its advisory, the CERT says FortiWAN is subject to command injections, information exposure, and cross-site scripting attacks. As the …
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Fortinet axes two per cent of workforce, chops 100 sales, ad staff, execs

Fortinet has laid off 100 sales and marketing staff along with an unknown number of executives, as part of a company wide restructure that has axed about two percent of its workforce The job losses flow from the company's acquisition of IT operations analytics outfit AccelOps in June 2016. Fortinet told The Register in a …
Team Register, 5 Aug 2016

Cisco, Fortinet cosy up to NATO for infosharing

Fortinet and Cisco have signed data-sharing arrangements with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) to try and improve their respective infosec capabilities. The NATO Communications and Information Agency will be sharing cyber security trend information with the two partners. It will also support bilateral exchange of …

Thought you were safe from the Fortinet SSH backdoor? Think again

Fortinet has admitted that many more of its networking boxes have the SSH backdoor that was found hardcoded into FortiOS – with FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer and FortiCache all vulnerable. Last week, a Python script emerged that could allow anyone to get administrator-level access to some of Fortinet's firewall devices using …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jan 2016

Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

Enterprise security vendor Fortinet has attempted to explain why its FortiOS firewalls were shipped with hardcoded SSH logins. It appears Fortinet's engineers implemented their own method of authentication for logging-into FortiOS-powered devices, and the mechanism ultimately uses a secret passphrase. This code was reverse- …
Iain Thomson, 12 Jan 2016

Sophos, Fortinet settle patent lawsuit, allegations of staff poaching

Sophos has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with US competitor Fortinet, in a case that also involved allegations of staff poaching. The recently listed UK company, a cloud and network security solutions outfit, paid an undisclosed sum to Fortinet to settle the dispute, as a brief statement (below) explains. Sophos …
John Leyden, 9 Dec 2015

Fortinet rides to troubled Meru's rescue

Troubled WLAN vendor Meru Networks has found a rescuer in security vendor Fortinet, which is buying the company for US$44 million. The acquisition will bring Meru's wireless SDN capabilities alongside Fortinet's core, edge and access security portfolio, Meru says in this canned statement. Meru has been on a long downward …
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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

Someone's found (yet) another nasty security flaw in Android, by crafting a way to pack malicious software to look like images. The good news is that disclosure was kept back until Google had put a fix in place; the bad news is, of course, the huge number of phone-owners who never update – either through choice, ignorance or …
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We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

Chinese malware has infected more than 75,000 iPhones and hijacked some 22 million advertisements and stealing revenue from developers on the iOS jailbreak community, virus prober Axelle Apvrille says. The AdThief malware relied on the Cydia Substrate extension present only on jailbroken Apple devices to hijack advertising …
Darren Pauli, 13 Aug 2014

Fortinet fawns over fast-if-unfashionable ASIC

Fortinet is making hefty claims for its latest firewall release. In a world obsessed by squeezing performance out of virtualised functions running on white-box servers, the company is puffing its feathers over a new ASIC it says bestows Terabit-per-second performance on its biggest iron. The ASIC is dubbed NP6, a lower power …

HyTrust pockets more dough, ready to expand virty platform coverage

A month ago, HyTrust, a maker of policy management and access control software for VMware virtual infrastructure, pocketed $12m in its third round of venture funding, with VMware and CIA sugar daddy In-Q-Tel both stuffing the company's pockets. But others wanted to get in on the action, so HyTrust decide to take the money and …

Fortinet nabs wily Coyote and its slice of security appliance cake

Network security firm Fortinet has agreed to to acquire application delivery, load balancing and acceleration firm Coyote Point Systems. Financial terms of the deal, structured as a merged and announced on Friday, were not disclosed. Fortinet is best known for its Unified Threat Management all-in-one security appliances, which …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013

IBM sniffs around Fortinet

IBM last week polished off its acquisition of privately held Ethernet switch maker Blade Network Technologies for a rumored $400m. And just after finishing that networking meal, Big Blue appears still hungry for networking products as it is apparently sniffing around network security appliance maker Fortinet to do a possible …
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Fortinet launches rare net security IPO

Fortinet has set a price of $12.50 a share for its initial public offering on Wednesday. If all goes to plan, the security appliance firm and its investors stand to rake in a more than $156m through the offer. Fortinet shares are due to begin trading on Nasdaq on 18 November under the ticker symbol "FTNT", as part of the first …
John Leyden, 18 Nov 2009
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Fortinet plots rare IT security IPO

All in one security appliance firm Fortinet has announced plans to go public on the stock exchange. The firm announced on Monday that it has filed a S-1 registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on a proposed initial public offering of its stock, marking the first stage in the sometimes complicated …
John Leyden, 10 Aug 2009

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