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TippingPoint protects customers from Denial of Service attacks targeted across Cisco and Juniper infrastructure products

  • 18 April, 2005 14:28

<p>Intrusion Prevention Systems Provide Preemptive Network Infrastructure Protection Prior to Deploying Individual Vendor Patches</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – 18 April 2005 – TippingPoint, a division of 3Com and the leader in intrusion prevention, today announced its suite of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) provided pre-emptive infrastructure protection for numerous Denial of Service (DoS) attacks disclosed last Tuesday affecting several products including infrastructure products from Cisco and Juniper. Without an IPS solution that offers immediate protection and works seamlessly with any vendor’s networking equipment, enterprises must scramble to quickly deploy security patches for each individual product they use, and only when the vendor makes the patch available.</p>
<p>Denial of Service attacks typically result in a loss or degradation of network connectivity or services. Customers using TippingPoint’s IPS are protected from the new infrastructure attacks and other DoS attacks, regardless of the equipment used in their network.</p>
<p>“Intrusion prevention is an important component of protecting critical network infrastructure,” said TippingPoint’s Director of Digital Vaccine David Endler. “By design, most infrastructure products are not dynamically or automatically updated, and therefore, require IT personnel to manually implement individual patches on affected machines once they are finally made available by an equipment vendor and only during pre-defined IT maintenance windows. Intrusion prevention is part of the network infrastructure and is able to protect against attacks on routers and switches immediately, when placed in front of such products.”</p>
<p>The Denial of Service attacks were disclosed last Tuesday through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) document entitled “ICMP Attacks Against TCP,”</p>
<p>Technical Description of Attacks
The DoS attacks disclosed last Tuesday allow an attacker to reset or degrade an established Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) connection by spoofing Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) messages. This could have implications for devices that require constant connections, such as routers that support BGP peering.</p>
<p>Infrastructure protection for these ICMP attacks was delivered to TippingPoint customers Tuesday with a new batch of security filters addressing the newly announced Microsoft vulnerabilities and DoS infrastructure attacks. For customers with TippingPoint network-based protection, vulnerable infrastructure products are protected by the TippingPoint IPS. TippingPoint also protects other technologies affected including Microsoft, IBM and Sun Microsystems. For the full list of vendors affected and technical details about the attacks, please visit:</p>
<p>The TippingPoint Intrusion Prevention Systems provide Application Protection, Performance Protection and Infrastructure Protection at gigabit speeds through total packet inspection. Application Protection capabilities provide fast, accurate, reliable protection from internal and external cyber attacks. Through its Infrastructure Protection capabilities, the TippingPoint IPS protects VoIP infrastructure, routers, switches, DNS and other critical infrastructure from targeted attacks and traffic anomalies. TippingPoint’s Performance Protection capabilities enable customers to throttle non-mission critical applications that hijack valuable bandwidth and IT resources, thereby aligning network resources and business-critical application performance.</p>
<p>About TippingPoint
TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, is the leading provider of network-based intrusion prevention systems that deliver in-depth Application Protection, Infrastructure Protection, and Performance Protection for corporate enterprises, government agencies, service providers and academic institutions. Our innovative approach offers customers unmatched network-based security with unrivaled economics, ultra-high performance, scalability and reliability. TippingPoint is based in Austin, Texas, and can be contacted through its Web site at or by telephone at 1-888-TRUE-IPS.</p>
<p>About 3Com Corporation
3Com (NASDAQ: COMS) is a leading provider of secure, converged voice and data networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes. 3Com offers a broad line of innovative products backed by world class sales, service and support, which excel at delivering business value for its customers. When customers exercise choice, their choice is 3Com. For further information, please visit, or the press site</p>
<p>Copyright © 2005 3Com Corporation. 3Com, the 3Com logo, TippingPoint Technologies, the TippingPoint logo and Digital Vaccine are registered trademarks and Exercise Choice is a trademark of 3Com Corporation. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective holders.
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Gerard Mansour
Red Agency
(+61) 02 9955 7877</p>

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