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Ethernet Alliance plugs and prays so you don't have to, and other networking morsels

Microsoft has said it'll be bringing more "software-defined" capabilities to Windows Server in 2019. It would have been easy to have missed it, though: Redmond didn't offer a product release, it buried the story at seventh place in a "top-10 networking features in Windows Server 2019" list, here. Greg Cusanza and Schumann Ge …

Mellanox plumps pipes on Bluefield controller to squeeze out 200Gb/s

Mellanox claims to have rolled out the world's fastest Ethernet storage fabric controller at this year's Flash Memory Summit. The Bluefield storage controllers are, it said, optimised for "extreme efficiency and programmable virtualization for NVMe over Fabrics". They are billed as delivering 4 million IOPS with NVMe-oF, up …

Windows Server 2019 tweaked to stop it getting clock-blocked

Microsoft Windows Server 2019, coming later this year, will include UTC-compliant leap second support, both for added and subtracted time. But there will be no smearing. Since 1972, leap seconds have been added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to compensate for divergence with mean solar time (UT1) – which slows with the …
Thomas Claburn, 19 Jul 2018
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Don't panic about domain fronting, an SNI fix is getting hacked out

Over the weekend, at the IETF Hackathon in Montreal, Canada, software engineers from Apple, Cloudflare, Fastly and Mozilla made some progress toward closing a privacy gap affecting network communications. The programmers built an preliminary implementation of a privacy-oriented draft protocol called Encrypted Server Name …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Jul 2018
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US schools' IT systems drop out after weekend firmware update misery

A botched network switch firmware update caused school IT systems to fall over in the US state of Washington, it is claimed. WSIPC, which provides technology and software for classrooms in the Pacific Northwest, said its Skyward and IEP Online services were both out of commission for three and a half days this week while it …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018

SYN-SYN-ACK - Your networking news roundup has arrived!

Network admins: unpatched MikroTik routers are being scanned by a botnet again. Netlab360 is one of the organisations to identify increasing scans on Port 8291, and says it's associated with a new Hajime malware attack. MikroTik acknowledged the attack on Twitter: It has come to our attention that a a mass scan for open …
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Citizen Lab says Sandvine network gear aids government spyware

Internet users in Turkey, Egypt and Syria who attempted to download legitimate Windows applications have been redirected to nation-state spyware through deep-packet inspection boxes placed on telecom networks in Turkey and Egypt, according to a report issued Friday by security research group Citizen Lab. Citizen Lab, a Canada- …
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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

In an effort to make objects more chatty, boffins at the University of Washington have developed a way to create 3D-printed plastic baubles that can communicate over Wi-Fi with other devices, without batteries or electronics. The technique, developed by UW doctoral students Vikram Iyer and Justin Chan, in conjunction with UW …
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High-freq trade biz sues transatlantic ISP for alleged spiteful cable cut

A New York investment firm is suing its ISP to retain its access to a high-speed international internet link – after the firm was acquired by a company that has a beef with the broadband provider. KCG Holdings, a high-frequency trading specialist, claimed in a lawsuit filed this month in a southern NY district court that …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Nov 2017
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Fore! PCI Express 4.0 finally lands on Earth

Somewhat later than expected, the Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group, or PCI-SIG, has finally gotten around to releasing the PCIe 4.0 specification, which describes the technical requirements for connecting devices through the PCI Express I/O bus in personal computers and servers. "The delivery of the …
Thomas Claburn, 26 Oct 2017

Cassini probe's death dive to send data at just 27 kilobits per second

Space is nasty and sending data across 83 light-minutes of it isn't easy, so the Cassini probe's death dive into the clouds of Saturn will be an instruments-only affair undocumented by photographs. Cassini has surveyed Saturn since 2004 but is out of fuel, so will be crashed into Saturn instead of leaving it an an orbit that …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017

D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

Updated A security researcher has shamed D‑Link by publicly disclosing 10 serious, as-yet unpatched vulnerabilities in a line of consumer-grade routers without notifying the vendor first. Security researcher Pierre Kim went public on a series of flaws in D‑Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers without …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2017

Free of software boat anchor and chain around its neck, HPE sees profits inch upward

HPE is showing signs that its turnaround is picking up, as the enterprise IT giant raised its revenues – and on Tuesday talked up a future without its software business. For the three months to July 31, HPE's third quarter of the 2017 fiscal year is as follows: Revenues of $8.2bn were up 3 per cent from Q3 2016. This was …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Sep 2017
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If we could just get a word in Edgewise... New kid says it can do data center firewalls better

Edgewise Networks launched on Wednesday with a project to reengineer the firewall and make it suitable for cloud-based environments by moving beyond traditional address-centric controls. The US startup's so-called Trusted Application Networking technology is designed to block the spread of network-borne threats by allowing …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2017

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

Virgin Media has urged 800,000 customers to change their passwords to guard against possible hacking attack. The move follows an investigation by consumer mag Which? that discovered hackers could access the UK cableco's Super Hub 2 router, allowing access to IoT devices connected through the same home network. The issue stems …
John Leyden, 23 Jun 2017
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FYI: You can blow Intel-powered broadband modems off the 'net with a 'trivial' packet stream

Broadband modems using Intel's bungled Puma 6 chipset can be overloaded and virtually knocked offline by a trivial trickle of packets, it is claimed. Effectively, if there's someone you don't like, and they are one of thousands upon thousands of people using a Puma 6-powered home gateway, and you know their public IP address, …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Apr 2017

Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

In five years or so, Wi-Fi access points could carry data at rates 100 times faster than today using infrared light rather than other portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands have developed a way to use fiber optic cables, mounted with networking …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Mar 2017

MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

Analysis To protect mobile devices from being tracked as they move through Wi-Fi-rich environments, there's a technique known as MAC address randomization. This replaces the number that uniquely identifies a device's wireless hardware with randomly generated values. In theory, this prevents scumbags from tracking devices from network …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Mar 2017

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