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Cisco, Snort scramble to plug malware hole

A URL sanitisation bug has Cisco pushing a patch for its Firepower system software. As the advisory for CVE-2016-1345 explains, the software doesn't properly validate fields in HTTP headers. A crafted HTTP request can bypass malicious file detection, or could block policies configured on the system. Sysadmins can check …
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Bristol boffins blast 1.59 Gbps down ONE 20 MHz channel

VIDEO In what's being touted as a “5G breakthrough”, University of Bristol researchers have demonstrated that MIMO (multi-in, multi-out) antenna arrangements can be scaled up to more than 100 transmitters. The demonstration, as described in a canned statement, used 128 antennas transmitting to as many as 12 single-antenna clients …
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Time to SIP from Cisco's patch pool, to fix a memory leak

Cisco's urging SIP users to patch their software, after discovering a remotely-exploitable denial-of-service vector in a memory leak. The issue was discovered while resolving a customer support issue, the company says. Since the same code is used across multiple systems, sysadmins need to check their vulnerability if they're …
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OmniPath a threat? Paugh, says Mellanox, feel our gorgeous 200 Gbps

Mellanox reckons it can shrug off the threat posed by Intel's OmniPath technology, announcing silicon photonics-based devices running at 50 Gbps per QSFP lane for a total of 200 Gbps. Arlon Martin, the company's senior director of product marketing, told The Register's networking desk that the transmitters and receivers it's …
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Cisco dices engineering into four: Security, IoT, cloud and networking

Cisco boss Chuck Robbins has reshuffled his engineering operations as the IT giant continues to remake itself with a focus on software-defined networking and services. Robbins broke the news to employees with a memo on Monday. "Yesterday Cisco announced changes within Engineering designed to better reflect our strategic …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2016
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Chambers tells India Cisco's got another US$100 million to spend

Cisco and India continue their love-in, with The Borg announcing another US$100 million investment for the country over the next 18 months to two years. Cisco already employs around 10,000 staff in India and in February the company talked up plans to set up a manufacturing base in Pune. As part of the spend, announced last …
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BIOS upgrades needed for fre.....ezing Cisco switches

If you don't want your Nexus 5600 or Nexus 6001 switches to just … … … freeze, you'll need to replace their BIOSes. So says a new Cisco field notice that explains “might experience hangs or reboots during a storm of non-maskable hardware interrupts (NMIs) to the main CPU.” This one's a Cisco SNAFU: the company admits it is …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Mar 2016
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IEEE delivers Ethernet-for-cars standard

The march of Ethernet into motor vehicles continues, with the IEEE launching the first automotive standard for 100 Mbps Ethernet over single twisted pair cables. IEEE 802.3bw, aka 100BASE-T1, is designed to give the auto sector a single homogeneous network architecture, the IEEE says. The main game for auto applications is to …
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Boffins build laser that can twist its own light

The world has known that information can be encoded on “twisted light” for some time, but only with complex equipment. Now, boffins from South Africa have demonstrated a laser that can add the twist at its output. The Register will resist the temptation to call this some kind of game-changer, but it's a useful development, …

Juniper starts waving fixes for DROWN vuln

Juniper Networks has identified products it says are vulnerable to the DROWN attack. DROWN turned up at the end of February, and is a relic of enduring but pointless support for the long-deprecated SSLv2 protocol. The most prominent exposure to DROWN is in web sites that weren't configured to refuse attempts at SSLv2 …
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AT&T: Three-quarters of our network is going virtual, and we're open-sourcing the tools

AT&T says it will open source the software it is using for an in-house network virtualization push. The US telecom giant said that the ECOMP (enhanced control, orchestration, management and policy) software-defined networking (SDN) software will be the basis of a push to virtualize 75 per cent of the AT&T network by the year …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Mar 2016
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Cisco says CLI becoming interface of last resort

Cisco thinks the command line interface (CLI) should be the interface “of last resort”, according to Dave West, the company's chief technology officer for systems engineering and architectures across Asia. CLIs won't disappear from Cisco products any time soon and West doesn't expect networking pros to stop using them. But he …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Mar 2016
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F5 adds 100 Gbps blade to VIPRION range

F5 Networks has added a 100 Gbps Ethernet blade to its eight-blade chassis range, targeting 4G and future 5G network deployments, along with high performance DDoS mitigation. The specs for the blade are straightforward: two 100 Gbps Ethernet ports and six 40 Gbps Ethernet ports, and claimed support for more than a billion …

Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

OCP Summit Put down your coffee gently. Microsoft has today released the source code to an open-source operating system, based on Debian GNU/Linux, that runs on network switches. The software is dubbed SONiC, aka Software for Open Networking in the Cloud. It's a toolkit of code and kernel patches to bend switch hardware to your will, so …
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Cisco plans routers that are servers, or vice-versa, with KVM aboard

Cisco will shortly announce enhancements to its integrated service routers that will make it hard to know if they're a networking appliance or a server. Or a hybrid of both. Cisco already offers the UCS E-series servers, small form factor machines that can plug into devices like the 4000-series integrated service routers. …
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Mellanox says 25 Gbps is the Goldilocks speed for flashy data flows

Enterprises are starting to roll 25 Gbps Ethernet into their data centres, and Mellanox is using this week's Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose to plant its flag in the emerging market. The launch represents a chance for Mellanox to catch up in the high speed Ethernet market, having been outpaced in the 10 Gbps …
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10 Gbps fibre-to-the-home signed off, ITU eyes 100 Gbps future

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has kicked off standardisation for symmetrical 10 Gbps optical broadband services over 20 km. The standard for XGS-PON, ITU G.9807.1, sets down an upgrade path for existing PON (passive optical network) deployments such as fibre-to-the-home. As the ITU's statement notes, it's …

Cisco to partners: We're all doing services now – resistance is futile

Cisco Partner Summit This week, Cisco gathered its partners in San Diego to make one thing abundantly clear: it's not just about network boxes any more. The company that made its name helping everyone move data from point A to point B has laid out a new vision for itself and its vendors, which will see Cisco put itself everywhere from security to …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2016
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Cisco leans in close, coughs, whispers: If you want 100GE for 40GE prices, I know a person...

Cisco Partner Summit Cisco has announced new Nexus 9000 and 3000 switches with a theme of 25 and 100 gig Ethernet for 10 and 40 gig prices, calling them cloud-scale products. It's also buying cloud app wrangler startup CliQr. Switchzilla has adding the 9200, 9300 and 9500 models to its 9000 family. The latest gear sports a new ASIC delivering 10/ …
Chris Mellor, 1 Mar 2016
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People don't want big OpenFlow deployments, so let's do small ones

OpenFlow looks like it has all the hallmarks of inevitable success: it fits into a broad stack of open networking protocols, it has lots of vendor support, it's backed by the Linux Foundation, and it's been under development since 2009. All that remains is users, which are rather hard to find. Might that change if the project …
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NFV players push their wares to mobile operators at MWC

MWC16 Among the new phones, chargers, VR headsets and big-booth-photo-shoots* that dominated the Mobile World Congress media agenda this week, there's also been a slew of network function virtualisation (NFV) announcements. Cisco's hopped on board, announcing an NFV solution built out of Cisco UCS Servers, Nexus switches, and a " …

US boffins propose yet another low-low power Wi-Fi for Things

University of Washington boffins are touting extremely low-power Wi-Fi transmissions – if your application can put up with a maximum 11 Mbps capacity. The students and boffins, Bryce Kellogg, Vamsi Talla, Shyamnath Gollakota and Joshua Smith of the University of Washington, have in mind the kind of low-power devices that will …
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Confused by crazy crashes? Check your Linux kernel virtual Ethernet code

A chunk of code added to the Linux kernel to help inter-container communication turned out to mess up checksum handling on Ethernet networks. Described here, the bug was in veth (Virtual Ethernet). As the description notes, the coding error allowed corrupt packets to get passed to a veth device for delivery to the application …
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Cisco to call 'last orders' on NetScaler 1000V

It looks like Cisco and Citrix are sorting through their respective record collections, with The Borg putting the Citrix-derived NetScaler 1000V products on its end-of-life list. Even in the high-turnover world of Cisco stock-keeping units (SKUs), the Citrix NetScaler 1000V has had a brief life. The two companies first …

Google opens Cloud Vision API beta, world + dog asked to try it

Google has released a beta of its Cloud Vision API, allowing developers to submit images to its machine learning models for automated content analysis. Following a limited preview release in early December, during which Google claimed thousands of companies used the API, generating millions of requests for image annotations, …

Arista cats hiss at Cisco, crack open the cream after bumper sales

Arista Networks has topped analyst expectations by posting a 40 per cent revenue jump in its latest quarterly returns. The networking company said the fourth quarter results put the cap on a "spectacular" 2015 that saw revenues spike even in the midst of an ongoing legal struggle against Cisco. "I have been pleased with the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Feb 2016
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Brocade drifts on a flat open ocean, waiting for a 5G breeze to pick up

Flat is as flat does ... Brocade is motoring steadily along while hoping for a gear shift from 5G mobile broadband. On Wednesday, Brocade said it exceeded the mid-point of its revenue estimate of $560m for its first fiscal 2016 quarter, ended January 30: sales came in at $574m, 0.35 per cent down on a year ago, and 2 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 18 Feb 2016

Gigabit duplex DOCSIS 3.1 passes feasibility study, kind of

CableLabs has popped over to Amazon and ordered a few dozen ten-gallon back-patters, with the announcement that its standardisation boffins have applied the ACME firehose expander to hybrid fibre-coax networks to get full-duplex gigabit transmissions happening. For that, you have to strip out blather both misleading and …

Cisco wants net admins to become programmers so they'll buy its SDN kit

Cisco Live For a company specializing in making 80 per cent of the world’s networking kit, Cisco ought to be good at transmitting its corporate plans – but that's not the case when it comes to Cisco's software-defined networking (SDN) ambitions. Over the past few years, observers have commented that SDN poses an existential threat to the …
Kat Hall, 17 Feb 2016

Apache Foundation rushes out Arrow as 'Top-Level Project'

The Apache Software Foundation has today announced Apache Arrow, its new project which aims to provide a cross-system data layer for columnar in-memory analytics. While Apache projects normally go through incubation periods, Arrow has been immediately announced as a Top-Level Project, and its code – seeded from the Apache …
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Linux Foundation whistles up 'Fido' for SDN, NFV

The Linux Foundation has kicked off a new collaboration designed to push open I/O closer to the metal, to squeeze higher performance out of the white-box world. Fd.io – which the outfit assures the world is pronounced “Fido” – builds on efforts like Intel's Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). The other foundation technology …
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Brocade steps up mobile strategy with virtual EPC software

A year on from kicking off its mobile strategy, Brocade has followed up with a pre-Mobile-World-Congress announcement of its first virtualised Evolved Packet Core (EPC) offering. Its Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) is part of the company's strategy to target cellular networks with commodity Intel-based kit. Speaking to Vulture …
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Cisco customers on alert over new vulns

Cisco is warning customers of a couple of new medium-level security vulnerabilities. The first is a bug in Cisco's Emergency Responder (CER) software, part of the company's Unified Communications System. CER is a purpose-built module for emergency services customers, feeding the location of phones making incoming calls to the …
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Cisco's Chambers mulls Indian manufacturing base

Cisco has foreshadowed adding India to its global manufacturing chain, suggesting the city of Pune as a possible location. John Chambers made the comments in a speech to the CNN Business Forum 2016 in Mumbai, as reported by India's Economic Times. The former Cisco CEO, and now executive chairman, said businesses who fail to …
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Bluetooth direct to the internet: What could possibly go wrong?

The Bluetooth special interest group (SIG) reckons connecting "things" to PCs and smartphones is passé and wants to add direct-to-router connections to its technology. It's published a guide to using a bunch of RESTful APIs to build a gateway between Bluetooth and IP networking without an intermediary device. Explaining its …
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Enterprise network spend hits the brakes – and Cisco's OK with that

The financial market turmoil that's characterized 2016 has led Cisco to set modest expectations for the coming three months. Having said that, the networking giant is pleased with its performance in Q2 of its fiscal 2016, aka the quarter to January 23. Its US$11.8bn second quarter revenue (normalized to exclude the cable …
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Cisco forgets to ship management software with security appliances

Cisco has 'fessed up to forgetting the software needed to manage its Adaptive Security Appliances. “Some … security appliances were shipped without the Adaptive Security Device Manager (ASDM) on-box management software,” Cisco says in a field notice. And it forget for quite a while: product shipped between February to October …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Feb 2016
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Cisco recalls switches that could short power to the case. And hurt you

Cisco is recalling a bunch of industrial Ethernet switches because it discovered the power source wiring could potentially short to the case. The IE 5000 is the company's series of ruggedised Ethernet switches, and the recall affects both version in the series, the IE-5000-12S12P-10G (1Gbps / 10Gbps, 28 ports) and the IE-5000- …
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While we weren't looking, the WAN changed

Sysadmin Blog: Wide Area Networking (WAN) solutions are not discussed enough in the tech press. We babble incessantly about consumer broadband, or some new top end fibre speed achieved in a lab, but this is merely a fraction of the story. There is a very real revolution in WAN connectivity that is occurring right now, today. It goes largely …
Trevor Pott, 5 Feb 2016

MapR claims big-data wrangling Hadoop patent first

Opensourcer MapR has been granted a patent for technology to reliably herd big data. The Hadoop flinger claims its architecture would safeguard "against data loss with optimised replication techniques and tolerance for multiple node failures in a cluster." MapR is using the filing to try to differentiate against rival Hadoop …
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Cisco splats Nexus, APIC, and security manager bugs

Grab the Cisco-branded fly-swatter, it's time for your weekly bug-splat. Top of the list are four high-severity bugs, in Nexus 9000 switches, security managers, and application policy controllers. The Nexus 9000 ACI Mode Switch has an issue in its ICMP implementation, remotely exploitable to cause a denial-of-service. An …

Cisco borgs IoT outfit Jasper Tech for US$1.4 billion

Internet of Things service platform outfit Jasper Technologies has fallen into the maw of Cisco for US$1.4 billion. Twelve-year-old Jasper started life as a machine-to-machine wireless comms specialist (Jasper Wireless) before changing its name in 2014. According to Cisco's blog post about the acquisition, Jasper has 3,500- …