Connectivity Briefs: AAPT, Cisco

Connectivity Briefs: AAPT, Cisco

AAPT to get new CEO

Telecom New Zealand has appointed a new CEO of its Australian-based telco AAPT. Jonathon Stretch, who is currently based in Paris as vice-president of AT&T business services, will take-up his new position in August. Before joining AT&T in 1999, Stretch held several positions with IBM Australia including general manager of IBM Global Network Services in Asia-Pacific. Telecom NZ CEO, Theresa Gattung, said Stretch had extensive industry experience in both the IT and telecommunications industries. Gattung also commended Telecom NZ chief financial officer, Marko Bogoievski, who had been running the business since March. “Marko’s been an extremely active leader for the last few months, ensuring AAPT is best positioned for a smooth transition to a new level of operation,” she said.

Cisco switch flaw could affect management

A flaw in Cisco Systems CatOS, which runs on Cisco Catalyst switches, could freeze TCP-based management services on the switch. A fix is available from Cisco’s website. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to disable some management interfaces to a Catalyst switch. The flaw cannot be exploited to affect basic packet switching, according to the BugTraq security alert mailing list. Upon receiving eight non-standard TCP flags, a Catalyst switch running CatOS will stop responding to TCP requests, according to Cisco and BugTraq. This will disable TCP services. Switches affected by the CatOS flaw include Catalyst 4000, 5000 and 6000 products.

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