NSA able to compromise Cisco, Juniper, Huawei switches

Dobbins, Roland rdobbins at arbor.net
Tue Dec 31 04:33:52 UTC 2013


On Dec 31, 2013, at 11:06 AM, [AP] NANOG <nanog at armoredpackets.com> wrote:

> Then looking at things from the evil side though, if they owned the system which provides the signing then they could sign
> virtually anything they wish.

Or if they owned *people* with the right level of access to do so, or if there were implementation bugs which could be utilized to bypass or obviate the signing . . .

None of the alleged capabilities described in the purported documents is really standalone; they all rely upon other methods/mechanisms in order to provide the required foundation to accomplish their stated goals.

> I think we need to watch and listen/read over the coming weeks and months before we go assuming we have it figured out.

This is the most pertinent and insightful comment made in this thread.

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