Vulnerabilities / Threats // Insider Threats
7/26/2011
10:11 AM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Aruba Brings NSA-Grade Crypto To Wireless Networks

With new Suite B cryptography support, Aruba says it aims to make wireless networks as secure as wired.

Wireless networks can now be just as secure as their wired counterparts, something Aruba Networks aims to show with its launch Monday of support for Suite B, a cryptography stack aimed at high-security applications. As well as upgraded software in its controller, Aruba featured a new version of its client for tablets and smartphones, something that underscores its attempts to convince people that it is about more than just wireless access points.

"We're hoping to be a general access networking company," said Robert Fenstermacher, director of education marketing at Aruba, in an interview. The most significant step in that direction is what it calls a its S3500 line of gigabit Ethernet switches, launched in March and described by the company as "wired access points." Intended for direct connection to wired clients as well as to wireless access points, these are essentially thin switches: they download their configuration from the Aruba controller, applying the same policies to wired clients as wireless access points do to wireless clients.

Another recent step is a partnership with Microsoft, announced in June, that centered around unified communications, optimizing the Aruba wireless network for Microsoft's Lync unified messaging software. The theory here is that unified communications doesn't just mean uniting voice with messaging and video; it means integrating wired with wireless. According to Aruba, the partnership will offer Microsoft Lync users the same performance and experience whether using wireless or wireline.

Aruba and Microsoft also stepped up collaboration in their respective partner programs, with Aruba becoming a Microsoft Network Infrastructure Optimization Partner and Microsoft Lync Server 2010 being certified through the ArubaEdge program. However, both partner programs are aimed at broad interoperability, so neither is excusive.

The Microsoft program aims to give networking vendors technical guidance on optimizing performance with Lync and also includes Aruba competitors Brocade, Cisco, HP, and Juniper. The Aruba program is similarly aimed at an assurance of technical compatibility and includes many applications, including several others from Microsoft. However, Aruba says that the integration is particularly tight. "We have direct access to Microsoft technology and can help customers with a specific UC solution," said Fenstermacher.

Developed by the National Security Agency, Suite B itself is based on the same AES algorithm as the 802.11i security built into wireless radio chips, so it's likely to be supported by most other wireless vendors without the need for a hardware upgrade. The new version of the Aruba client, which it calls a Virtual Intranet Agent (VIA), is designed to automatically detect whether a tablet or phone is connected to a trusted network and, if not, create a VPN tunnel, switching between 802.11i and IPSec whenever necessary.

Join Enterprise Connect for a virtual event on SIP trunking. It happens Aug. 17. Register now.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Flash Poll
Current Issue
Cartoon
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-6117
Published: 2014-07-11
Dahua DVR 2.608.0000.0 and 2.608.GV00.0 allows remote attackers to bypass authentication and obtain sensitive information including user credentials, change user passwords, clear log files, and perform other actions via a request to TCP port 37777.

CVE-2014-0174
Published: 2014-07-11
Cumin (aka MRG Management Console), as used in Red Hat Enterprise MRG 2.5, does not include the HTTPOnly flag in a Set-Cookie header for the session cookie, which makes it easier for remote attackers to obtain potentially sensitive information via script access to this cookie.

CVE-2014-3485
Published: 2014-07-11
The REST API in the ovirt-engine in oVirt, as used in Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (rhevm) 3.4, allows remote authenticated users to read arbitrary files and have other unspecified impact via unknown vectors, related to an XML External Entity (XXE) issue.

CVE-2014-3499
Published: 2014-07-11
Docker 1.0.0 uses world-readable and world-writable permissions on the management socket, which allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-3503
Published: 2014-07-11
Apache Syncope 1.1.x before 1.1.8 uses weak random values to generate passwords, which makes it easier for remote attackers to guess the password via a brute force attack.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Marilyn Cohodas and her guests look at the evolving nature of the relationship between CIO and CSO.