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Pathetic patching leaves over 70,000 Memcached servers still up for grabs

If you're running the caching service Memcached, and particularly if you're exposing it to the public internet for some reason, please make sure you've patched it. Tens of thousands of vulnerable systems haven't. Back in October, researchers at Cisco’s Talos security team found three major security vulnerabilities that would …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2017

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs

The owner of a Silicon Valley tech consulting biz has pled guilty to making up job offers in order to obtain US H-1B visas for overseas workers. Sridevi Aiyaswamy, 50, lied on more than 25 I-129 forms used to apply for the visas, claiming workers had standing job offers from Cisco when in reality no such jobs existed. …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2017

Cisco plugs command-injection hole in WebEx Chrome, Firefox plugins

Cisco has patched its Chrome and Firefox WebEx plugins to kill a bug that allows evil webpages to execute commands on computers. A malicious page, when visited by a vulnerable Windows machine, can exploit the security flaw (CVE-2017-6753) to run arbitrary commands and code with the same privileges as the browser. In other …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2017
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Cisco gobbles up security cloud upstart Observable Networks

Cisco hopes to boost its enterprise security gear by snapping up real-time network behavior monitoring startup Observable Networks. No financial details were disclosed regarding the deal. The biz, located in Saint Louis, Missouri, was founded in 2011 and raised $4.4m (£3.4m) from investors. Switchzilla intends to use …
Kat Hall, 13 Jul 2017

YASA* looks at turning commercial buildings into Internet things

A vendor collective pushing Internet of Things standardisation for commercial buildings has published its first set of specifications, and wonder-of-wonders the specs include security. In evidence that the world's fast running out of tortured names that don't sound stupid in English or funny/obscene in other languages, the …
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Seagate SNAFU sees Cisco servers primed for data loss

Cisco's dropped Seagate in the pooh for a mess that's seen some UCS servers released into the wild in configurations susceptible to data loss. The mistake was small and simple: as Cisco's Field Notice explains, “Cisco ships all of their hard drives from manufacturing with drive write cache disabled” because “If a drive on one …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2017
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Cisco's fifth UCS server generation surfaces

Five new Cisco UCS servers have come to light, courtesy of Storage Review, which temporarily withdrew its story for some reason. Tsk tsk. Early signs are that Cisco appears to be cutting its blade server product line count. Cisco has made no formal announcement yet but we're expecting one in a few hours. All these M5 …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2017
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Cisco automation code needs manual patch

In Cisco's weekly security update list, there are three critical bugs affecting its Elastic Services Controller and Ultra Services Framework. Switchzilla warns its Elastic Services Controller (a network function virtualisation management environment) has static default credentials that would let a remote attacker log into the …
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FTC approves Broadcom Brocade buy – if Cisco switch tech is walled off

Broadcom's $5.9bn purchase of Brocade has been approved by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) so long as Broadcom's technology used in chips for fibre channel switches built for Cisco is walled off from its storage networking business. The two main suppliers of fibre channel switches used in storage networking are Brocade …
Chris Mellor, 4 Jul 2017
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Management bug can crash Cisco IOS, IOS XE

Cisco's been caught out by the venerable Simple Network Management Protocol, turning up nine bugs in IOS and IOS XE that appear in all SNMP versions. Its implementation of SNMP v1, v2c and v3 – in other words, all versions in use – has a buffer overflow condition that in the right conditions can be exploited for denial-of- …
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Big Blue lures big biz object storage teams with VersaStack, COS

IBM has found a new route for its channel into enterprise data-intensive workloads, courtesy of its Cisco VersaStack deal. VersaStack is a reference architecture for converged infrastructure systems, built from Cisco servers and networking and IBM storage. This is a FlexPod-type system, with the channel selling pre-tested, …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jun 2017
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Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

Cisco's adding McAfee's Advanced Threat Defense to platforms supported by its Email Security Appliance platform. The alliance is designed to make integration between the two systems easy – the Advanced Threat Defence (ATD) e-mail connector is a single checkbox in the McAfee UI, plus selecting permitted hosts and the file …
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Vblock tags in Vxblock: Move is a 'simplification' for punters

Dell EMC's converged infrastructure portfolio is changing. The Vblock – with its Cisco Nexus 1000v switch – is going away, while VxBlocks – with software-defined networking – are taking over. Cisco 1000v switches out, VMware switches in, Cisco-Dell relationship gets flakier; is that the story? The Vblock and VxBlocks are …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jun 2017
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Yes, this is our third Cisco story of the day. It's about 23 bugs you need to fix, stat

We all know the only thing more fun than a WebEx conference is a recorded WebEx conference, which is why WebEx Network Recording Player exists – and if you use it, you need to patch it. Switchzilla's 23-patch Wednesday Whack-a-Mole includes fixes for multiple buffer overrun WebEx vulnerabilities. The WebEx vulns can be …

Cisco's 'encrypted traffic fingerprinting' turned into a product

Cisco has turned research published nearly a year ago into a product it hopes will protect enterprises against malware hidden in encrypted traffic. As The Register reported in July 2016, a group of Cisco researchers have been working on how to spot dangers entering networks through TLS. Since you can't see inside encrypted …
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Cisco to reveal 'Starship' ride to cloudy server automation heaven

Cisco will next week reveal something called “Project Starship” that it promises will allow greater and easier automation of UCS servers and its HyperFlex hyperconverged appliances, no matter if they run in the data centre, remote office or a small business. Details are scarce at the time of writing, but next week's Cisco Live …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jun 2017
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Arista-cats nearly out of the bag as redesigned products okayed

Arista's long slog back to the shelves in America continues with an initial determination from the International Trade Commission okaying its product redesign. As part of the long-running legal slugfest between Arista and Cisco, the Trade Commission banned the import of Arista products it alleged infringed a Cisco patent. …
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Cisco hops on machine learning bandwagon with new switches

Cisco is once again making a push to tie its networking hardware deeper into the compute space, this time with "intuitive" boxes that are better able to analyze and control network traffic. The new Catalyst 9000 series switches introduce a new management platform called "DNA Center," and the aim is to make the switches better …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017

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