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RE: "Attacks" from lax.qualys.com
From: "Jeremi Gosney" <Jeremi.Gosney () motricity com>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 09:56:08 -0700

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No, Qualys is not known for "playing with their tools," and its never safe to assume anything. Anyone with a Qualys 
account can scan any external IP addr, it doesn't necessarily have to be someone in your corporation. In fact I'd wager 
that it isn't someone within your corporation. Qualys doesn't do vulnerability assessments per se, they offer 
vulnerability management SaaS. You simply obtain an account, and they give you access to a web console that hosts 
vulnerability management tools. Its essentially the same as someone sitting at home with Nessus scanning your external 
IP space; the only difference is they're paying to scan from someone else's box, and they're paying for a high level of 
anonymity as Qualys can't actually tell which user is scanning which IP. They don't even have to be paying, in fact, 
they could be scanning you with their 30-day free trial.


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From: listbounce () securityfocus com [mailto:listbounce () securityfocus com] On Behalf Of The Security Community
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 10:07 AM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: "Attacks" from lax.qualys.com

For several days now our IDS has been telling us we're being "attacked" by a host resolving to 
scanner[number].lax.qualys.com.

Considering the source, is it safe to assume "someone" purchased a vulnerability assessment without informing the 
Security Department?

Nobody's talking, but it wouldn't be the first time.

Otherwise, is Qualys known for playing with their tools just for the heck of it?

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