Emergency Internet Backbone Provider Maintenance Tonight

Pekka Savola pekkas at netcore.fi
Mon Jan 24 09:40:12 UTC 2005

On Mon, 24 Jan 2005, Wayne E. Bouchard wrote:
> Well, the point was made in my office on Friday that the upgrade was
> not just snmp or sshd but that they were required to upgrade the core
> operating code. This suggests to me that it's something to do with
> packets or packet handling, not with services. Which makes me all the
> more concerned. Of course, it will probably be something along the
> lines of "When reciving a packet with such and such format with some
> particular service enabled, the router might reload under specific
> conditions" or some such thing that will not affect many people other
> than the tier 1s who work their routers way harder than any of us
> lilliputians.

Well, the last time an upgrade like this was pushed through was caused 
by the (BGP) TCP RST spoofing "vulnerability", which was not a big 
issue at all especially if you had secured your borders properly 
against spoofing.  I really hope it's bigger this time..

Pekka Savola                 "You each name yourselves king, yet the
Netcore Oy                    kingdom bleeds."
Systems. Networks. Security. -- George R.R. Martin: A Clash of Kings

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