Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 15 Jul 2011:
- Cisco Blog » Blog Archive » Common Criteria Certificate awarded for the ASR 1000 Family –
We are very pleased to announce that the ASR 1000 family of routers has been evaluated using the Common Methodology for IT Security Evaluation (Version 3.1) for conformance to the Common Criteria for IT Security Evaluation (Version 3.1) and was awarded a Common Criteria Certificate by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership). The evaluation assurance level (EAL) for the product is EAL4 augmented with ALC_FLR.2.
Who needs firewalls when the NXOS code has a perfectly acceptable and validated firewall capability ?
In fact, the Cisco ASA firewall EAL certification hasn’t been updated since 2009 expect for minor updates for known bugs – which means that EAL certification is for Ver7.2 of the firmware. If the Cisco NXOS can be certified, what are the so-called Security people doing ? Another symptom of problems in the security division.
- Sniff WiFi: Time To Talk Chanalyzer – Review of the MetaGeek WiSpy Chanalyser spectrum analysis product.
So there you have it. WiSpy/Chanalyzer is a great tool for finding interference sources (Max), identifying temporary transmitters (Spectrogram) and viewing general RF activity (Density). You can try to use it to identify specific interfering device types in your vicinity as well (Current), but it may take some practice before that functionality is very useful.
- Apple – Business – App Store Volume Purchasing for Business – Apple starts the move into the Enterprise which means that we might see more Macs on office desks.
Whether you’re providing apps to two employees or ten thousand, the Volume Purchase Program makes it simple to find, buy, and distribute the apps your business needs.The Volume Purchase Program also provides a way to purchase custom B2B apps built by third-party developers to meet the unique needs of your business.
The Volume Purchase Program for Business is coming soon to businesses in the United States.
- RFC 6305 – I’m Being Attacked by PRISONER.IANA.ORG! – If you manage firewalls you are going to need to read this RFC I think.
Despite the fact that the public DNS cannot provide answers, many
sites have misconfigurations in the way they connect to the Internet;
this results in such queries relating to internal infrastructure
being sent outside the site. From the perspective of the public DNS,
these queries are junk — they cannot be answered usefully and result
in unnecessary traffic being received by the nameservers which
underpin the operation of the reverse DNS (the so-called reverse
servers [RFC5855], which serve “IN-ADDR.ARPA”).
To isolate this traffic and reduce the load on the rest of the
reverse DNS infrastructure, dedicated servers have been deployed in
the Internet to receive and reply to these junk queries. These
servers are deployed in many places in a loosely coordinated effort
known as the “AS112 project”.
- PuTTY Download Page– Putty 0.61 is released. Note: It’s been four years since the last version. So don’t complain about the update.Offers some fixes and updates to cryptographic capabilities. The perfect SSH client for Windows.
- Cisco competitors catch the user eye despite old loyalties – Interesting statistics from SearchNetworking customer survey about Cisco losing faith with customers. Sounds about right from the feedback I’m getting from readers and listeners.
But meeting user need may not be enough to fend off Cisco competitors. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they had replaced Cisco equipment with Juniper in the past six months, while 23% had invested in HP Networking and 18% had bought from Brocade Networks. About another 25% had replaced Cisco equipment with products from a smattering of other networking vendors, the most notable of which were Avaya at 7% and Arista Networks at 3%.
- How Does Dropbox Store Data? – Some great insights into how storage works by Stephen Foskett
- A 30-minute Introduction to NETCONF and YANG– A 30-minute Introduction to NETCONF and YANG as a presentation on Slide Share.Note: slideshare is painful but that’s where the slides are.