April 21st 2021
A new member is planning to upgrade his current, very old server (Dual E5-2430 Xeons, 12 cores/24 HT with SATA SSDs) which has been doing duty as a shared hosting server for around 400 websites. It's showing signs of slowing down, so it's time to upgrade to something more current. So many new CPUs have appeared since he last looked around, he's looking for advice on what to go for this time. Maybe something like E-2288G/W-1290P CPUs? He doesn't need more than 64GB of RAM and a 2x2TB NVMe SSD is fine. What can you recommend him to look at?
Forescout Research Labs, in partnership with JSOF, have disclosed a new set of DNS vulnerabilities, referred to as NAME:WRECK. Apparently these vulnerabilities affect four popular TCP/IP stacks - FreeBSD, IPnet, Nucleus NET and NetX – commonly present in well-known IT software and popular IoT/OT firmware, and potentially impact many industries including government, enterprise, healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Millions of IoT devices around the world have the potential to be impacted. More than 180,000 devices in the U.S. and more than 36,000 devices in the UK are believed to be affected. If exploited, bad actors can use them to take target devices offline or assume control of their operations. Are you affected?
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