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Breaking News: Cisco's IOS Source Code Stolen
Breaking News: Cisco's IOS Source Code Stolen

The source code for versions 12.3 and 12.3t  of Cisco's main networking device operating system, IOS, was apparently stolen last week. The news comes via a Russian security site, which claims thatthe person involved accessed Cisco System's corporate network "and then boasted about it on an underground internet relay chat channel."

The individual, the report continues, claimed that the total amount of data in the archives was around 800 megabytes and provided two snippets of code as proof of the claims.

One commentator, Mark Joseph Edwards, notes:

"[If] security-related bugs are found in the leaked Cisco IOS code and the discoverers don't notify Cisco and given them time to produce patches then the ramifications could potentially become huge since so many network uses Cisco hardware, including core Internet service providers."

The last big source code leak was the February leak of code for Windows 2000 and Windows NT as a result of poor security on a network belonging to someone with legitimate access to the code.
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I always thought the big company that would have this happen is Microsoft, but I guess people got ahold of win2k''s source a while back... it''s still really surprising to see this happen to Cisco. Does it impress anyone else that they have an 800 MB source on the O/S? That''s a lot of code!!




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