NSA able to compromise Cisco, Juniper, Huawei switches

Ray Soucy rps at maine.edu
Mon Dec 30 13:07:10 UTC 2013


Even more outrageous than the domestic spying is the arrogance to think
that they can protect the details on backdoors into critical
infrastructure.

They may have basically created the framework for an Internet-wide kill
switch, that likely also affects every aspect of modern communication.
 Since they don't disclose any of this to other agencies, it's very likely
that even parts of the DOD is vulnerable.

I hope when [if] the truth is learned it is a lot less prevalent than it
sounds, but I'm not optimistic.

This is why we need all infrastructure to be implemented using open
standards, open hardware designs, and open source software IMHO.

I hope Cisco, Juniper, and others respond quickly with updated images for
all platforms affected before the details leak.


On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 6:29 AM, Dobbins, Roland <rdobbins at arbor.net> wrote:

>
> On Dec 30, 2013, at 6:18 PM, Saku Ytti <saku at ytti.fi> wrote:
>
> > I welcome the short-term havok and damage of such disclose if it would
> be anywhere near the magnitude implied, it would create pressure to change
> > things.
>
> This is the type of change we're likely to see, IMHO:
>
> <http://lauren.vortex.com/archive/001074.html>
>
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> Roland Dobbins <rdobbins at arbor.net> // <http://www.arbornetworks.com>
>
>           Luck is the residue of opportunity and design.
>
>                        -- John Milton
>
>
>


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