Monthly Malware Update from Ixia’s ATI
David Avery
July 23, 2014

The Ixia Application and Threat Intelligence (ATI) program provides comprehensive and current application protocols and attacks. The company's simulation and testing platforms are kept current via this exclusive subscription service, which regularly pushes newly discovered attacks, malware, and other intelligence aggregated from proprietary research, strategic customer relationships, and carrier feeds. By delivering these exclusive capabilities, Ixia bridges the gap between IT testing, monitoring, and operations to deliver advance insight and protect highly dynamic converged and mobile networks, virtualized data centers, and applications.

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Tags: Network Security, Network Security Testing
Enterprise Network Test Part 1: Does Buying the “Industry Best” Mean Anything Anymore?
Don Shin
July 21, 2014

Ask any IT manager how they make new security investment decisions. I bet I can tell you how they’ll answer most of the time: “We buy from the industry’s leaders,” or “We buy the best firewall solutions in the industry.” But in a world of one-of-a-kind application driven networks, with technologies that all respond uniquely to a specific network, does “industry-best” mean anything anymore?

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Data Center Interconnect (DCI) using E-VPN and PBB-EVPN
Kirit Bhamre
July 21, 2014

In my previous blog, I highlighted how VXLAN can help to connect data center sites. Leading networking vendors (like Cisco, Juniper, and Alcatel) are promoting another PBB-EVPN and EVPN technology to address challenges in data center area.

Over the years, MPLS based L2VPN services have been proven and successfully deployed by the service providers and enterprise campuses. Initially it was deployed for fast switching, but due to its scalability, resiliency, and protocol-agnostic nature it became more successful across the network.

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Tags: Data Center Optimization, Network Performance
Samba DNS Ping-Pong DoS Attack (CVE-2014-0239)
Garett Montgomery
July 17, 2014

The DNS protocol is once again the source of denial of service (DoS) attack against internet-connected servers. http://www.samba.org/samba/security/CVE-2014-0239, describes a vulnerability in versions of Samba prior to 4.0.18, in which one or more attackers can send a spoofed DNS packet to a Samba server and cause it to enter into an infinite communications loop with the spoofed Samba server. Update ATI-2014-14 from Ixia’s Application and Threat Intelligence service includes a canned test simulating such a DDoS attack, in which two Samba servers DoS each other.

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IxLoad-Attack is Coming to a VM Near You
Diana Galan
July 17, 2014

IxLoad-Attack is Ixia’s comprehensive security solution for measuring the effectiveness, accuracy, and performance of network security appliances. This is accomplished by means of the following two plugins: Published Vulnerability and Malware (PVM) and Distributed Denial of Service2 (DDoS2).

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