Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Risk

1/13/2009
06:28 PM
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
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Manchester United Suffers Cyberattack
Dark Reading Staff 11/23/2020
As 'Anywhere Work' Evolves, Security Will Be Key Challenge
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  11/23/2020
Cloud Security Startup Lightspin Emerges From Stealth
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  11/24/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you today!
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-29378
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. It is possible to elevate the privilege of a CLI user (to full administrative access) by using the password [email protected]#y$z%x6x7q8c9z) for the e...
CVE-2020-29379
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D4L V1.01.49 and V1600D-MINI V1.01.48 OLT devices. During the process of updating the firmware, the update script starts a telnetd -l /bin/sh process that does not require authentication for TELNET access.
CVE-2020-29380
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. TELNET is offered by default but SSH is not always available. An attacker can intercept passwords sent in cleartext and conduct a man-in-...
CVE-2020-29381
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600D4L V1.01.49, V1600D-MINI V1.01.48, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. Command injection can occur in "upload tftp syslog" and "upload tftp configuration" in the CLI via a crafted filename...
CVE-2020-29382
PUBLISHED: 2020-11-29
An issue was discovered on V-SOL V1600D V2.03.69 and V2.03.57, V1600G1 V2.0.7 and V1.9.7, and V1600G2 V1.1.4 OLT devices. A hardcoded RSA private key (specific to V1600D, V1600G1, and V1600G2) is contained in the firmware images.