I wanted to quickly post on a topic I was reading about this morning. There were several posts I came across that I found important to take note on. They are about a growing trend in attacks in 2009. Infrastructure attacks have been on the rise since January and it is a large concern for many because of the way that most professionals handle their core infrastructure.
In a recent post by Dan Kaminsky he talks about the growing trend of infrastructure attacks in 2009. He mentions the need for better security across the infrastructure. Network devices need to be easier to update. Current generation appliances require cumbersome update processes that often result in needing schedule outage periods. Not to mention the fact that there is always a risk of bricking the hardware during a firmware upgrade. There is a growing need for an automatic update process much like the kind desktops use in order to stay current with the trends of infrastructure attacks.
Infrastructure attacks like the one that Ryan Naraine talked about in his blog post. There is a psyb0t worm that affects embedded Linux devices like ADSL modems and the like. This means there are hundreds of thousands of home routers that are vulnerable and there is an estimated 100,000 already infected.
With the growing trend of infrastructure attacks this year I suspect there will be a new trend to combat it. People will begin to re-evaluate how they handle their infrastructure. We may start to see network appliance manufactures implement auto-update features for their devices. We’ll just have to wait and see.