VMware Patches ESXi Vulnerability That Earned Hacker $200,000

oodaloop | December 09, 2019

On Thursday, VMware informed customers that it has released an updated version of its software that has patched a vulnerability that allowed for critical remote code execution in ESXi, which was exposed at China’s Tianfu Cup hacking competition earlier this month. The exploit, which only took 24 seconds to execute and earned the hacking team a total of $200,000, involved the hacker demonstrating control of the host operating system. The hacker, who is a member of the team 360Vulcan, received the highest single payout of the event. VMware employees attended the event and therefore were provided with details of the exploit after the demonstration, which took place less than a month ago. The vulnerability affects ESXi versions 6.0, 6.5, and 6.7 running on any platform.

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VMware Cross-Cloud Services Now Available in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

VMware | April 13, 2022

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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes AT&T with the 2021 North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market Leadership Award

Frost & Sullivan | January 19, 2022

Frost & Sullivan recently evaluated the North American managed SD-WAN services industry and, based on its findings, recognizes AT&T with the 2021 North American Managed SD-WAN Services Market Leadership Award. The company has the largest deployment of SD-WAN sites in North America and led the 2020 market in terms of revenue share. Based on the number of contracted sites yet to be deployed and deals closed in the first three quarters of 2021, the company is well-positioned. AT&T's managed SD-WAN solutions portfolio is among the most comprehensive in the industry. It recently added Aruba Networks (Silver Peak), Palo Alto Networks, and Fortinet to its mix of existing partner vendors, which include Cisco and VMware. Customers have access to network-based SD-WAN via an AT&T FlexWareSM device, over-the-top (OTT) SD-WAN through vendor-specific appliances, or a hybrid of the two options. 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The Integrated Service Experience (ISE) team, acting as a single point of contact for managed services support across overlay, underlays, and security solutions, eliminating the complexity of deployment. Immediate customer response for any kind of incidents or outages. Network management tools and orchestration platform, enabling seamless service chaining, reducing uCPE price by over 50% in the last couple of years. Multiple key network functions in virtual formats (e.g., routing, WAN optimization, security, session border controllers), which reduces appliance sprawl, improves network scalability, and eases manageability. AT&T FlexWare devices eliminating the need for a separate CPE and allowing businesses to seamlessly integrate SD-WAN functionality into their WAN architectures, driving additional revenue growth and creating customer loyalty. 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VMware | May 09, 2022

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Nervos | January 15, 2022

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