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Intel 5G modem

Big Q. Tch, what could have persuaded Intel to bring forward 5G chip production six months?

It looks as though Apple's iThings may get 5G connectivity in 2020 – after Intel promised production of its 5G modem will start in the second half of 2019, and ship in the first half of the following year. This, therefore, gives Apple, which prefers Intel cellular modems for its latest iPhones, a decent design-in time for …
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Tasty news bytes from networking land: Route security, Cisco cert death, ETSI and more

Roundup Cisco admins, you thought your week was over, right? Sorry: if you have kit that runs Adaptive Security Appliance software or the Firepower Extensible Operating System, there's one more item on the task list: updating your certificate. Switchzilla's field notice explained that Cisco's root CA for tools.cisco.com was rolled …
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In the cloud, Mumbai is a long way from Asia

Sending packets from Singapore to Mumbai over AWS? Fetch a coffee, the latency is horrible – according to cloud performance data released yesterday. Metrics outfit ThousandEyes ran tests from network probes deployed into 27 data centres globally, collecting connection data from 55 AWS, Azure, and Google cloud regions. The …
Amputation

Bloodbath as Broadcom slashes through CA Technologies personnel

Broadcom has confirmed to The Register that staff have been axed in its just-acquired CA Technologies business, though declined to reveal numbers. Rumors of mass layoffs emerged this week: first it was feared roughly 300 employees were being let go, and now it may be as many as 2,000 in the US. CA Technologies employed about …
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Master of Arris: Network giant CommScope downloads broadband modem biz for $7.4bn

Network infrastructure giant CommScope has decided to buy some growth, shelling out US$7.4bn (£5.67bn) for broadband and video gear slinger Arris International. In announcing the deal on Thursday, CommScope predicted “annual cost synergies” will reach $150m within three years, meaning there are up to $150m in shared costs – …
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Oops: Cisco accidentally leaked in-house Dirty COW exploit code with biz conf call software

Cisco this week patched critical vulnerabilities in its switches, Stealthwatch, and Unity voice messaging system. Oh, and 'fessed up that it accidentally shipped software that included in-house-developed exploit code for attacking Linux systems via the Dirty COW flaw. The networking giant also announced it has begun combing …
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'DerpTroll' derps into plea deal, admits DDoS attacks on EA, Steam, Sony game servers

The man accused over DDoS-bombing several online games hosts in 2013 and 2014 has entered a guilty plea under a deal with US authorities. According to the US Attorney's Office, District of California, part of the "DerpTrolling" plea deal cut by 23-year-old Austin Thompson of Utah involved him admitting to causing $95,000 worth …
Spam

Spammer scum hack 100,000 home routers via UPnP vulns to craft email-flinging botnet

Once again, a hundred thousand or more home routers have been press-ganged into a spam-spewing botnet, this time via Universal Plug and Play (UPnP). According to brainiacs from 360 Netlab, the malware exploits vulnerabilities in a Broadcom UPnP implementation to infect vulnerable gateways, and that means a load of router …
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Qualcomm: Welp, there's a $5bn-ish Apple-shaped hole in the books, but at least we have other chip buyers

Breaking up is expensive: losing Apple as a customer meant Qualcomm missed out on 50 million cellular modem chipset sales for the latest batch of iPhones, and slipped into a net loss for its fiscal 2018. However, the chip designer insisted the worst is over. US-based Qualcomm on Wednesday released [PDF] its fourth-quarter and …
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We don' need no stinkin' bounties: VirtualBox guest-to-host escape zero-day lands at GitHub

An infosec researcher has expressed his frustration with disclosure processes by going public with a zero-day in VirtualBox, Oracle's open-source hypervisor. The vulnerability was published at GitHub by "MorteNoir1" accompanied by a demonstration video on Vimeo posted by Sergey Zelenyuk. In the GitHub post, MorteNoir1 …
Qualcomm

Setback for Qualcomm: It has to license modem tech to competitors

A US district judge has made a preliminary ruling that Qualcomm is obliged to license its technologies to its rivals. Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California published her judgement yesterday as part of an ongoing lawsuit brought in 2017 by the Federal Trade Commission. Judge Koh's …
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Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

Dutch police claim to have snooped on more than a quarter of a million encrypted messages sent between alleged miscreants using BlackBox IronPhones. The extraordinary claim was made in a press conference on Tuesday, in which officers working on a money-laundering investigation reckoned they had been able to see crims chatting …
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DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

The turmoil that has engulfed DXC Technologies was all part of the plan. That's the line chairman, president, and CEO Mike Lawrie took in a conference call discussing his company's latest financial results on Tuesday. As readers will recall, the US biz's strategic vision has included multiple rounds of layoffs totaling 30,000 …
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Oracle 'net-watcher agrees, China Telecom is a repeat offender for misdirecting traffic

Oracle has backed claims that China Telecom Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) announcements regularly take internet traffic on an unwanted tour of the Middle Kingdom. At the end of October, a Naval War College paper by Chris Demchak and Yuval Shavit documented what the pair said were "unusual and systematic hijacking patterns …
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Woke Linus Torvalds rolls his first 4.20, mulls Linux 5.0 effort for 2019

The new, improved, and chilled-out Linus Torvalds emitted the first release candidate for Linux kernel 4.20 over the weekend. He decided not to repeat the jump from 3.19 to 4.0 that happened last year, thus avoiding leaping from 4.19 to 5.0, because “I didn't want to make a pattern of it,” he told the kernel's official …
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Cisco swings the axe on permanent staff – hundreds laid off worldwide this week

Exclusive Cisco has confirmed to The Register it launched a round of layoffs on Monday, effectively slashing its Customer Experience (CX) team, after insiders alerted us to the cuts. Between 200 and 300 jobs at least have been axed at Cisco CX, one Reg reader told us, along with up to 10 per cent of another division – understood to be …
D-Link networking equipment

Uncle Sam, D-Link told to battle in court over claims of shoddy device security: Judge snubs summary judgment bids

America's trade watchdog's case against network device maker D-Link will go ahead next January – after a district judge rebuked the two sides for wasting money drawing up and filing demands for summary judgments. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) brought its lawsuit against Taiwanese D-Link early last year in California, …
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Nokia's open SDN, SoC-it-to-me open 'Chiplets', Verisign exits the DDoS protection biz, and more

Roundup Nokia this week announced an SDN-based open optical transport management suite of products for optical transport management, WaveSuite. The Finns said WaveSuite has tools for service enablement, node automation, and network insight. The company said it was designed to complement its carrier SDN system, Nokia Network Services …
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Icahn't let you do this: Stock botherer fires off sueball to scupper Dell's 'coercive' deal

In a move that probably caught nobody by surprise, corporate raider Carl Icahn has launched a lawsuit to block Dell's proposed purchase of V-class shares – stock known by the ticker DVMT. AI_doomsday_clock Two weeks before Chrimbo? When Dell V-Class shareholders get to vote on THAT deal READ MORE Icahn revealed on his …
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What's that? SSH can still use RC4? Not for much longer, promise

A hackathon next week will see 'net developers get to work consigning more insecure cryptography to the /dev/null of history. The Internet Engineering Task Force's 103rd meeting kicks off in Thailand with the customary hackathon starting on 3 November, and one of the agenda items is getting the RC4 cipher out of SSH (secure …
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We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

While everyone was distracted by IBM's $34bn takeover bid, Red Hat quietly wrote a death-note for KDE – within Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) to be precise. On October 30, the Linux distro biz emitted Fedora 29 and RHEL 7.6, and in the latter's changelog the following appears, which a Reg reader kindly just alerted us to: …
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Cisco firewalls under attack – and there's no patch: Too many SIPs and they drown in data

Cisco says miscreants are actively exploiting a SIP vulnerability in its networking gear that it disclosed on Wednesday. The bug, CVE-2018-15454, lies within code in some Adaptive Security Appliances, and its Firepower Threat Defense software, that handles Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) packets. SIP is the signalling …

Welcome back, 'ping of death', it has been... a few months. Now it's Apple's turn to do the patching

When Apple took to the stage for its latest slew of product announcements, there were a bunch of security fixes disclosed at the same time with far less fanfare. At least one of these, discovered by Semmle security research engineer Kevin Backhouse, is a treat: your iThings can be crashed with what amounts to a "ping of death …
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The great and powerful Oz (broadband network): Revs rise, but nbn™'s exec bonuses don't

The company building Australia's National Broadband Network turned in what was mostly a dull but worthy set of financials, and it's put something of a squeeze on its executive bonuses. The boring part of nbn™'s 2018 financials (PDF) were revenue, up to AU$1.98bn from $1bn for 2017; and although its net loss after tax rose from …

Cisco chucks its hat into the 400Gbps ring

Cisco has made its long-awaited entry into the 400G space, today announcing four switches pitched at webscale, high-end enterprise, and service provider customers. The Register spoke on Thursday to data centre networking product management veep Thomas Scheibe, who said webscale data centres are already deeply into their …

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