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SonicWALL protects against SASSER

  • 05 May, 2004 09:29

<p>Sydney. - May 5, 2004 - SonicWALL Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading provider of integrated security, productivity and mobility solutions, today announced that SonicWALL’s new Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), officially released yesterday, protects customers from both externally-originating Sasser worm attacks as well as internal propagation of the worm.</p>
<p>The Sasser worm takes advantage of a weakness in the Local Security Authority Subsystem of the Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems. The worm creates a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server on infected hosts and also uses these hosts to scan for vulnerable systems connected to the Internet. Once a vulnerable target has been found, the worm establishes a remote connection to the target system and installs itself on the targeted system via an FTP request back to the original infected host. The propagation does not require any user intervention (such as opening an attachment) and the worm can cause random crashing/rebooting of infected computer systems.</p>
<p>“Small to mid-size businesses need advanced intrusion prevention services such as SonicWALL’s to protect them from disruptive and highly sophisticated worms such as Sasser,” said Tim Dickinson, SonicWALL Regional Sales Manager for Australasia and Oceania. “The size of one’s business is almost irrelevant when confronted with a threat that propagates rapidly and indiscriminately.”</p>
<p>SonicWALL’s Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS) adds a layer of protection not found in stateful packet inspection firewalls. Using a high-performance deep packet inspection engine, SonicWALL’s IPS is able to analyze packet contents as a whole rather than just packet header information, allowing for the identification and prevention of threats, such as Sasser, that disguise themselves deep inside network communications.</p>
<p>SonicWALL’s optional, subscription-based Intrusion Prevention Service not only proactively identifies malicious code coming into the network from the outside, it can also monitor traffic and stop worms from propagating internally. Employees can release the worm into the internal network by accessing the Internet from home with a vulnerable mobile computer and then bringing the system into the office and connecting to the network locally.</p>
<p>Using the combination of SonicWALL’s IPS and any appliance running SonicOS Enhanced software, the worm outbreak can be isolated within a security zone and prevented from spreading itself to other zones within the network. Security zones are logical groupings of networks to which Intrusion Prevention, Content Filtering, Anti-Virus enforcement and access rules can be applied.</p>
<p>“With hackers and virus writers becoming more and more sophisticated, companies must consider additional measures to protect their networks until updated virus signatures and OS patches are available and implemented,” said Dickinson. “Intrusion prevention systems can identify suspicious traffic and stop a potential infection before it harms corporate resources and employee productivity. SonicWALL’s solution is particularly robust with over 1700 signatures and granular management capabilities, enabling our customers to be worry-free even during outbreaks like the current Sasser worm.”</p>
<p>As part of its Distributed Enforcement Architecture, SonicWALL also offers its Global Security Client software to provide security for mobile workers outside of the gateway firewall by blocking network access through vulnerable ports. The SonicWALL architecture gives business the ability to extend security policies to all internal nodes on the networks as well as all remote or wireless nodes connecting into the network.</p>
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Jos Budge
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<p>About SonicWALL, Inc.
SonicWALL, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated network security, mobility, and productivity solutions for the SMB, enterprise, e-commerce, education, healthcare, retail/point-of-sale, and government markets. Core technologies include firewall, VPN, wireless, intrusion detection and prevention, SSL, anti-virus, and content filtering, along with award-winning security management solutions. Together, these products and technologies provide the most comprehensive distributed enforcement architecture available. SonicWALL, Inc. is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. SonicWALL trades on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol SNWL. For more information, visit the company web site at</p>
<p>Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements</p>
<p>Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the protection capabilities of SonicWALL’s Intrusion Prevention Service against viruses, worms and other threats of network infection. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2003 for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.</p>
<p>NOTE: SonicWALL is a registered trademark of SonicWALL, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.</p>

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