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From DNA to Twitter: Data's digital journey to commodity

Big Data and All That In attempting any technological history, one of the traditional difficulties is to know where to begin. This difficulty follows from a flawed assumption that there is a story that is linear and began in one place at one time. The real world is not like that. Technology is more like a river that has its origins in any number of …
John Watkinson, 22 Jan 2016
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Arista adds Docker support to EOS

Arista has launched an upgrade to its network operating system, adding a million-route-plus database to act as a network state repository. NetDB is an extension to SysDB that originally powered the EOS (Extensible Operating System). As well as more than a million route table entries, it can support 100,000 tunnel entries for “ …
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Cisco patch day fixes CGI script blunder, hard-coded credentials

If you've got a Cisco Unified Computing System or a Firepower 9000 Series appliance, get busy patching. The Borg says it slipped up and let a CGI script make unprotected calls to shell commands. By fooling around with the URL, an attacker would be able to send arbitrary commands to the affected kit. All versions of UCS …
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Riverbed slurps German SD-WAN expert Ocedo

Riverbed has announced its first acquisition since 2013: German-based software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) outfit Ocedo. Ocedo's software suite includes hybrid WAN, various provisioning tools, a connectivity solution designed for AWS users, and a cloudy firewall. Its pitch is that SD-WANs offer better performance than …
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Cisco patches borked web box proxy hole

Cisco has patched a vulnerability in its Web Security Appliance that allows unauthenticated remote attackers to bypass security controls. The bug (CVE-2016-1296) allows attackers to use proxies when such traffic should be restricted. Affected users of versions 8.5.3-055, 9.1.0-000, and 9.5.0-235 should apply the released fix …
Team Register, 20 Jan 2016

AMD's 64-bit ARM server chip Seattle finally flies the coop ... but where will it call home?

AMD is at last officially shipping its 64-bit ARM-based server chip, the Opteron A1100 aka Seattle. This wee beastie packs a load of networking and storage interfaces, and is seemingly eyeing up hyper-converged boxes in data centers. We've gone into plenty of detail on the processor in the past, but to recap: it's a quad or …
Chris Williams, 14 Jan 2016
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MapR offers free test drive to AWS wannabes

NoSQL startup MapR is offering a free taster of its partners' technology through AWS's Test Drive, to be launched from MapR's site. The AWS Test Drives are sandboxed environments that contain preconfigured server-based "solutions", as vendors like to say. They are provided free of charge – supposedly "for education, …
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EFF wants Cisco in front of a judge over tech for China's 'Great Firewall'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is hoping to help re-start a lawsuit against Cisco over whether or not it provided technology China's government used to facilitate human rights abuses. The row over China's "Golden Shield" (aka the Great Firewall) has gone on practically forever, with Amnesty accusing Cisco of …

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
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Samsung turns to smart home, wearables chips as mobile declines

Analysis Looking for a radical change in culture and product mix is Samsung, which has ridden high on the smartphone boom but is now refocusing its growth efforts on the IoT, chips and displays. The decade of the smartphone will end this year, and growth in sales will fall below 10 per cent for the first time ever, according to …
Wireless Watch, 11 Jan 2016

Juniper resets 'days since last rogue code incident' clock

Juniper Networks has announced its own investigations have found none of the "oops ... how did that code get there" trouble in Junos OS and that it will kill off Dual Elliptic Curve (Dual_EC) encryption in ScreenOS. The company says it hired a "respected security organization" that "undertook a detailed investigation of …
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UK universities unveil £28m hub for Internet of Things

Blighty's universities have teamed up to today unveil a £28m "Internet of Things" research hub in a bid to make the UK a "world leader" in the much-hyped technology. The Hub is a consortium of nine universities and 47 partners from industry and the public sector. Funding for the Hub includes a £9.8m grant from the Engineering …
Kat Hall, 6 Jan 2016
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Boffins unwrap bargain-basement processor that talks light and current

Christmas is a time of miracles, to paraphrase Hans Gruber, and US researchers claim to have pulled off one in silicon photonics: they say they've mainlined super-fast optic communications into a RISC CPU using cheap, bog-standard manufacturing techniques. Chips using light to shunt data around a processor and to and from its …
Iain Thomson, 24 Dec 2015

Cisco probes self for Juniper-style backdoors, silently mouths: 'We're doing this for yooou'

In the wake of the Juniper firewall backdoor scandal, Cisco is reviewing its source code to make sure there are no similar nasty surprises lurking within. "Our development practices specifically prohibit any intentional behaviors or product features designed to allow unauthorized device or network access, exposure of sensitive …
Iain Thomson, 22 Dec 2015
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Juniper 'fesses up to TWO attacks from 'unauthorised code'

Updated Juniper Networks has offered a more detailed description of the security issues resulting from its find of “unauthorised code” in ScreenOS, the software that powers its firewalls. The company's knowledge base article on the incident says: “The first issue allows unauthorized remote administrative access to the device over SSH …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Dec 2015
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'Unauthorized code' that decrypts VPNs found in Juniper's ScreenOS

Juniper Networks has admitted that “unauthorized code” has been found in ScreenOS, the operating system for its NetScreen firewalls. The code “could allow a knowledgeable attacker to gain administrative access to NetScreen devices and to decrypt VPN connections.” And on The Register's reading of the situation, the …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Dec 2015

Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

Cisco has forgotten to install all the light emitting diodes (LEDs) in some routers. The Register understands that the LTE-enabled C800 integrated service routers. models C896, C897, and C898, lack LEDs that indicate traffic is passing over the WAN. Cisco has 'fessed up to the mess in a field notice that says "... two LEDs and …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2015

Cisco starts spewing vuln info everywhere, in a good way

Security folk will be able to suck down Cisco vulnerabilities notices in more ways than ever thanks to a new application programming interface launched today. The Cisco security team's (PSIRT) openvuln plug is a RESTful API supporting standards like Common Vulnerability Reporting Framework (CVRF), Open Vulnerability and …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2015
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NBase-T maps out spec ahead of products in 2016

A year after its launch, the NBase-T 2.5 / 5 Gbps Ethernet alliance's 802.3bz IEEE specification is drawing closer to reality. Peter Jones, chair of the alliance (he's also a principal engineer at Cisco, but members of the alliance do so as individuals, not as company reps), told The Register the 2016 agenda will be led by …
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MapR floats Streams for integrated big-data stack

MapR has unveiled a converged cluster plan to do away with emerging silos in big data. The NoSQL startup today announced Streams as the newest part of what the firm has branded the MapR Converged Data Platform. MapR joins fellow Hadoop spinners Hortonworks and Cloudera in the handy platform branding stakes, with Hortonworks …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Dec 2015
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Ethernet switch sales flatten but 40 Gbps starts to take off

The Ethernet market remains pretty dull: flat on a year-on-year basis, prone to quarter-on-quarter swings in individual segments, and dominated by Cisco. One vendor that can wave IDC's latest numbers in front of its investors is Juniper Networks, which piled on 39.4 per cent year-on-year, but at US$230 million for the quarter …

Bare metal is not dead, so Borg goes for SDN assimilation

Cisco is continuing to walk the fine line between embracing software defined networking (SDN) and opening things all the way up, announcing the latest refresh of its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) environment. The biggest surprise of the latest announcement isn't the various support partnerships The Borg has added, …

Nokia, ARM, Enea craft new TCP/IP stack for the cloud

A group of major vendors has put forward an open source TCP/IP stack they say is designed to reinvigorate the ancient and rather crusty protocol. Nokia, ARM, and Enea are offering up both code and tutorials here for their OpenFastPath user-space TCP/IP implementation. As The Register has previously noted, user-space …
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Lock up your top-of-racks, says Cisco, there's a bug in the USB code

It's 2015, and the right stuff on a USB stick can still crash a substantial switch. Cisco hasn't yet worked out how to fix this vulnerability, and as a result, the details it offers in the advisory are sparse. What we can glean from the note is that the crash can only be triggered by a local user. Here's how Cisco explain the …
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ONOS Foundation takes SDN to carrier-scale with Emu release

With twelve months of version iterations behind it, the ONOS Foundation is now declaring itself ready for carrier-scale deployment, following the release of its Emu version. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, ON.Lab VP of engineering Bill Snow said features in Emu like Open Network Function Virtualisation (OPNFV) …
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Infinidat to flog Brocade storage networking gear

Upstart big iron storage array supplier Infinidat is going to resell Brocade Fibre Channel and IP networking gear to hook up its InfiniBox arrays to servers. InfiniBox arrays compete with EMC, HPE, Hitachi and IBM monolithic arrays and represent the first new monolithic array design for decades by the master of array re- …
Chris Mellor, 1 Dec 2015
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IETF standards are 'band-aids on top of band-aids' says SDN veteran

Interview With the Open Networking Foundation preparing to take a direct presence in Australia, networking veteran and the Foundation's executive director Dr Dan Pitt came within reach of our operatives at Vulture South. So we interviewed him. Pitt took up his role at the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) after years hanging around with …
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Cisco's telco-grade uber-routers can make almost anyone root

Oops: Cisco has announced a privilege escalation bug in its Aggregation Service Router 1000 Series. There's a lot of cases where local privilege escalation isn't such a big deal, but it's moderately-serious when it means a low-privilege sysadmin can get root access to a unit that has 100 Gbps-plus configurations in carrier and …

Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

We've talked about Li-Fi – using modulated LEDs as data channels – before at The Register, but last week's announcements warrant revisiting the idea. Photons make good communications channels: that's why the Internet's fattest pipes are optical fibre. Even the idea of using ambient light carry data has been around for nearly …
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Samsung yanks plug out of rumors of networking biz sell-off

Samsung is nipping in the bud talk of selling its mobile network business. The South Korean electronics giant said on Wednesday that rumors posted earlier this week suggesting it was looking to find a buyer for its networking operations were untrue. "Some news media have contended that Samsung Electronics is considering to …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Nov 2015
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North Korea is capable of pwning Sony. Whether it did is another matter

Sysadmin blog Researchers think they have figured out how Sony was hacked. Long story short: the hackers knew what they were doing and covered their tracks with some clever, but really basic, tricks. I'm not particularly surprised by this, but I am surprised that others are surprised by it. The Register commenter Yet Another Anonymous …
Trevor Pott, 24 Nov 2015
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All Cisco certs add cloud, IoT, 'business transformation'

Cisco has announced a major refresh of its certification programs, all of which will henceforth include material on cloud, the internet of things, cloud, “network programmability” and “business transformation”. Cloud and IoT are self-explanatory while “network programmability” is software-defined networking by another name. …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2015
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Broadcom builds better backbone for WiFi

Broadcom is getting ready for the arrival of 802.11ac Wave 2 in 2016, announcing a pair of chipsets for its OEMs. The two new chips in its StrataXGS range bring 2.5 Gbps Ethernet over Cat 5e cable, so as companies roll out Wave 2 access points, they don't have to pull new Ethernet cables. The BCM56160, targeting 24 and 48 …
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Intel's Omni-Path InfiniBand-killer debuts at sizzling 100 Gb/sec

SC15 Intel's putative InfiniBand-killer Omni-Path has been revealed as the centrepiece of the enhanced Scalable System Framework (SSF) announced at the Supercomputer 15 conference (SC15) in Texas. First announced at the pitch for the American government's HPC “Coral concept”, under which the industry is asked to deliver a 180 …
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UK government looks to harness the potential of open data through APIs

In a speech earlier this week, Matt Hancock, minister for the Cabinet Office, referred to data as being "no longer just a record" but a "mineable commodity, from which value can be extracted" and outlined how the UK government intends to improve its use of the information at its disposal and help others exploit the data too. " …
OUT-LAW.COM, 6 Nov 2015
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Juniper hardware and software to sleep in separate beds

Juniper has decided to embrace the spirit of the white box, by loosening the bonds between Juniper hardware and its Junos software. It's a change that works both ways, as the company's corporate VP for development and innovations Denise Shiffman told The Register: both Junos and Juniper hardware will be available as discrete …
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Helium has a go at Internet of Things thing – using ultra-low power tech

As the internet of things (IoT) gets closer to commercial reality, the solutions flooding into the market are increasingly targeted at a real world use case. Some of these are extremely specific – smart meters and smart streetlights are commonplace now, but startup Helium Systems says its initial focus is on smart refrigeration …

UK watchdog offers 'safe harbor' advice on US data transfers

David Smith, deputy information commissioner, said businesses should "take stock" of their data transfer arrangements and review whether they provide adequate protection of personal data, as is required by EU law. Smith's comments follow a ruling by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) earlier this month. The CJEU ruled that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 31 Oct 2015
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Make room, Cisco's punters flocking to ACI ... yep, all 150 of them

Canalys Channels Forum One hundred and fifty customers across the globe have taken a seat on Cisco's Application-Centric Infrastructure bandwagon that started rolling 15 months ago, we can reveal. ACI – Cisco's answer to software-defined networking – is a programmable Ethernet Fabric that couples software and hardware. The product was initially …
Paul Kunert, 28 Oct 2015
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Cisco to acquire ParStream for IoT data-sifting

Cisco-backed database and analytics newcomer ParStream is being re-assimilated, with the Borg announcing it's going to buy the "big data analytics" company (as it describes itself). The Borg has signalled its interest in sifting Internet of Things data for quite some time, and since ParStream grew out of Cisco's "Entrepreneurs …
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Patch Cisco ASA ASAP: DNS, DHCPv6, UDP packets will crash them

Cisco has issued a firmware update to address four security flaws in its Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) that open up the gear to denial-of-service attacks. By exploiting these bugs, six models in the ASA family can be forced to repeatedly reset, rendering the hardware useless. Vulnerable products include the Cisco ASA …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2015
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Networking ace reveals: Intel planned NVMe for XPoint

Comment According to Packet Pushers networking whiz Greg Ferro, Intel created NVMe because they needed it for 3D XPoint memory, which thought totally revised my thinking of NVMe as simply a way to create a standard PCIe flash card driver, and Intel's role in XPoint development. Ferro supplied an Intel slide deck from an Intel …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2015