ATI Year to Date Recap
Steve McGregory
September 30, 2014

The Ixia Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) team is constantly working to keep Ixia customers informed of the latest events in network and information security. We provide updates to our customers with at least a bi-weekly frequency. Whenever a special event comes up, like Heartbleed or Shellshock, we turn-around with a special ATI for our customers. This responsiveness is important, as it gives our customers the ability to test and validate the hot-off-the-press updates from security vendors.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing, Product R&D, Pre-Deployment Testing, R&D Testing
Amendment to Ixia ATI Update 3.3.223518
Steve McGregory
September 25, 2014

We have rebuilt Ixia ATI Update 3.3.223518 and added a Strike to cover CVE-2014-6271.  This is the new Bourne Again Shell vulnerability, branded Shellshock.  The current Strike covers exploitation via HTTP CGI, we have provided variations that use different headers.  Most PoC’s in the field rely solely on the User-Agent header, this Strike will utilize User-Agent, Accept, Accept-Language, Cache-Control, and Connection header fields.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing, Product R&D, Pre-Deployment Testing, R&D Testing
NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) is Here, Are We Ready to Address the Deployment challenges?
Kirit Bhamre
September 25, 2014

Recently, I attended an NFV/Data center event hosted by LightReading in Santa Clara, CA. The primary focus of this event was NFV (Network Functions Virtualization). The discussion topics included: Service Providers point of view on NFV, what progress have made so far, what are the key deployment challenges that lie ahead, and a panel discussion around HW/SW requirements for various deployment approaches and migrations. The event was attended by service provider and network equipment manufacturer executives and professionals.

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Tags: Data Center Performance, Cloud Infrastructure Testing, Network Performance, SDN Openflow Solution, Network Security, Network Security Testing
Shellshock, the Beginning
Dan Gioga
September 25, 2014

Yesterday the computer industry around the globe was shook up by the release of a new vulnerability inside one of the most used utilities in the Linux world, the Bash shell. The vulnerability affects all versions of Bash and allows for remote command execution given a specific context.

The vulnerability is due to a bug that allows parsing and execution of characters inside an environment variable if these characters follow the definition of a function.

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Ixia and LiveAction Deliver Real-Time Big Data Security Insights
David Avery
September 24, 2014

Ixia and LiveAction, a leader in application-aware network performance management, announced their combined solution for innovative real-time big data collection, analysis and visualization. The combined solution gives administrators the ability to quickly identify the users, device types, operating systems and applications that generate excessive traffic or security threats and to isolate the data based on geographic domain. Armed with reliable and accurate real-time big data analytics, IT can quickly isolate and correct threatening issues. The solution can also share data so that the customer can get more return from their investment in legacy tools, in addition to leveraging the powerful capabilities of LiveAction.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing, Network Visibility, Security & Compliance Monitoring