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Re: router damaged by cracker?
From: Deepak Jain <deepak () ai net>
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 12:42:20 -0400 (EDT)
By the way that article reads, I would guess the attack was not
exceptionally sophisticated. (Everyone's definition of sophisticated is
If one removed the config-reg (or renamed it) function on a small Cisco's
firmware one could quite effectively change the passwords and make it
difficult for a not very technical group of admins to take it back.
Since there is talk about moving their main router behind a firewall, my
guess is that they are using a routing appliance rather than any
sophisticated routing hardware. The $18,000 replacement is probably for a
different vendor, not because the hardware has lost function.
This is all wild conjecture because I haven't seen any alerts from vendors
in their normal channels. :)
On Thu, 12 Oct 2000, Kai Schlichting wrote:
If we assume that the router mentioned in the following cracking incident
is a popular model we all use: what other than zapping the FlashROM could
this attacker have done? We all know that <big popular vendor>'s firmware
source code has hit the pirate BBS's a year or two back : could someone have
compiled a rogue image that can actually fry some router components (I can
think of plenty of nasty things with serial ports transmitting too fast
for their own good - and burn the driver chips) ?