Risk
1/13/2009
06:28 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Motorola Intros Wireless Firewall

The wireless firewall is built in to Motorola's Wi-Fi access points, and it inspects layers 2 to 7 of the IP layer.

As businesses rely more on wireless networks, companies are becoming more vulnerable to security breaches that can be damaging and embarrassing.

With this in mind, Motorola rolled out a wireless firewall Monday to defend enterprises from attacks. The wireless firewall will be built in to each access point, and the company said it's an adaptive way to secure businesses from the next generation of attacks.

Motorola said you have to think differently about securing a wireless network because there are so many access points. Typical firewalls of wired network were designed for the IP layer 3 and above, but wireless networks can operate at lower levels that are not inspected. Motorola said its wireless firewall inspects layers 2 to 7, which could protect from attacks like IP spoofing.

Additionally, the wireless firewall provides a clean separation between wireless and wired networks, which could be very important for retailers as this is a requirement of the Data Security Standards of the Payment Card Industry. Because of this compliance, stores could potentially have a handheld wireless checkout device that can securely transmit a customer's personal and payment data over the air, Motorola said.

There's also a location-based feature for enforcing a user's identity, or adding an extra security depending on where a user is trying to access the network. For example, a user in the manager's office may only have to enter one login, but the company could add an extra layer of authentication in public areas like a loading dock.

Motorola's wireless firewall will be available in March, and it will come as a software upgrade for existing Motorola customers. The company said the security feature will be built in to all of Motorola's future switches and Wi-Fi access points.

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.