Risk

3/26/2008
08:56 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Startup Flips On Its Virtual Switch

A growing number of security startups aim to bring visibility to the network traffic of virtual systems. Today, Montego Networks officially came out of stealth mode.

A growing number of security startups aim to bring visibility to the network traffic of virtual systems. Today, Montego Networks officially came out of stealth mode.There are definitely a number of security challenges associated with virtualization, including the predisposition of virtual machines to spawn like summertime dandelions. Not to mention the potential loss of visibility of network traffic traveling from VM to VM.

Montego says its new HyperSwitch integrates network policy enforcement and access control into this virtual switch.

The vendor boasts a number of capabilities in its release, from policy-based virtual network partitioning (this can be a big deal in regulated environments) to policy-based switching and load balancing.

Next month the vendor says it'll start offering a new Starter Edition of the HyperSwitch and will price its Enterprise Edition at $495. It supports VMware environments now, but will also support Citrix, Virtual Iron, and Microsoft (when it ships).

What's interesting about this announcement (other than that we seem to be virtualizing everything nowadays, from servers to storage to data) is that Montego's HyperSwitch can switch traffic, again based on policy, to other third-party virtual security vendors. Montego mentioned Blue Lane, Catbird, and StillSecure in its release.

If this app lives up to Montego's claims, it's another step toward solving one of virtualization's biggest security bugaboos: lack of VM-to-VM visibility.

If anyone has had a chance to kick around the beta version of this switch, I'd be interested in hearing about your experience.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Is Threat Intelligence Garbage?
Chris McDaniels, Chief Information Security Officer of Mosaic451,  5/23/2018
New Mexico Man Sentenced on DDoS, Gun Charges
Dark Reading Staff 5/18/2018
What Israel's Elite Defense Force Unit 8200 Can Teach Security about Diversity
Lital Asher-Dotan, Senior Director, Security Research and Content, Cybereason,  5/21/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: Shhh!  They're watching... And you have a laptop?  
Current Issue
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-3018
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
The AXIS webapp in deploy-tomcat/axis in IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) 7.1.2 and 7.2.0 through 7.2.1.4 allows remote attackers to obtain sensitive configuration information via a direct request, as demonstrated by happyaxis.jsp. IBM X-Force ID: 84354.
CVE-2013-3023
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
IBM Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager (TADDM) 7.1.2 and 7.2.0 through 7.2.1.4 might allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information about Tomcat credentials by sniffing the network for a session in which HTTP is used. IBM X-Force ID: 84361.
CVE-2013-3024
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
IBM WebSphere Application Server (WAS) 8.5 through 8.5.0.2 on UNIX allows local users to gain privileges by leveraging improper process initialization. IBM X-Force ID: 84362.
CVE-2018-5674
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Foxit Reader before 9.1 and PhantomPDF before 9.1. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw...
CVE-2018-5675
PUBLISHED: 2018-05-24
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Foxit Reader before 9.1 and PhantomPDF before 9.1. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw...