A serious flaw in the operating system running Juniper routers can make them crash and reboot, the network equipment vendor has advised.
By sending a specially crafted transmission control protocol (TCP) packet to a listening port on a Juniper Routing Engine, it's possible to make the kernel in JunOS crash, and cause them to swich over or reboot.
Juniper Networks is not, it turns out, all that enthusiastic about the OpenFlow technology that is at the heart of a lot of software-defined network (SDN) strategies these days. But don't be confused. That does not mean that Juniper doesn't believe in SDN or has not been quietly putting together its own SDN battle plan to take on Cisco, which has its own ideas about SDN, just like other OpenFlow enthusiasts who are trying to break up the network control and forwarding planes and make them more malleable and manageable.
Juniper has added 30 new features to the Mykonos security software including 'tar traps' to catch attackers.
Following the acquisition of Mykonos in February, Juniper has added new software to offer improved protection against a wider range of attackers and hacking techniques and simplified management and configuration for security administrators.
Juniper Networks, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based manufacturer of Internet Protocol (IP) network products and services, announced it has acquired San Francisco-based Mykonos Software, a privately held company which offers tools and services to secure websites and web applications against hackers.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Juniper said it paid around $80 million in cash for the provider of "deception-based technology" used to protect against zero-day attacks and advanced persistent threats.