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Re: router damaged by cracker?
By the way that article reads, I would guess the attack was not exceptionally sophisticated. (Everyone's definition of sophisticated is different). 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. :) Deepak Jain AiNET 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) ? > > http://www.denverpost.com/business/biz1012d.htm > > >