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#STBY – DellEMC DataDomain DDos 6.0 Deletes Valid Data

Got DataDomain? Got DD OS 6.0? Your #VALID data may be getting deleted and you don’t even know it!

UPGRADE TO DD OS 6.0.1.10 IMMEDIATELY!! (Or DD Virtual 3 Update 1)

Segments ingested while the unit is in a cleanup cycle may be deleted, as the unit incorrectly marks them as invalid. You would not know you lost these segments until you attempted to restore!

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#STBY – Intel Management Engine (Intel AMT) exploit in the wild CVE-2017-5689

Intel recently screwed us all with the Atom C2000 processors taking a massive crash and burn on end users, leading to all sorts of embedded devices turning into giant paperweights. This week, Intel blessed us with an exploit in the wild hitting their Advanced Management Technology (AMT).

AMT is their ability to remotely configure and control desktop and server systems via web service calls. Firewall off where ever possible ports 16992 and 16993, though if someone get’s inside, it’s a free for all. A Pseudo-Patch has been created. Apply it today!

https://www.ssh.com/vulnerability/intel-amt/

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#STBY – GitLab accidental deletion of data

GitLab certainly had a #SucksToBeYou week. Earlier this week, an admin at GitLab had the same thing happen. Too tired, rm -rf in the wrong location, but unfortunately they had poor backup practices.

Props to them for being upfront.
IF they had Netapp gear, or Cloud Ontap, they could have used SnapRestore or Single-File SnapRestore to pull back the deleted files from snapshots within seconds.

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#STBY – EMC Isilon OneFS failure/reboot after 248days

Just a heads up –  Isilon OneFS: Nodes containing Mellanox ConnectX-3 adapters may unexpectedly reboot after running for 248.5 consecutive days, which may result in data unavailability ( ETA 491747 )

https://community.emc.com/docs/DOC-45083

This primarily hits systems with OneFS 7.2.1.

Reboot those nodes ahead of time or patch if possible!   Otherwise, it’ll #SucksToBeYou!

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#STBY Cisco Clock Issue – 18month life failure

Cisco announced that a clock module in certain products may have a failure after 18months. This one is big, and this one is bad!
Partial list of systems with issues (ordered by my own priority of which I think will hit my customers the worst)

ASA 5506, ASA 5506W, ASA 5506H, ASA 5508, and ASA 5516 <---- ahh crap! Meraki MS350, MB84 Nexus 9000 Series N9K-C9504-FM-E/N9K-C9508-FM-E/N9K-X9732C-EX NCS1K-CNTLR Cisco ISA3000 SR4331, ISR4321, ISR4351 and UCS-E120

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Sucks To Be You! – An Overview

Some days everything goes wrong. It’s not always your fault.

Often, vendors know about problems, and may post about them, or send a communique to vendors or their top superglobomega-corp customers. You are too busy to see them, or not privileged to that information.
This category hopes to be a beacon, a guiding light to what you should know. Learn about issues before you have a day that you feel it sucks to be you.

I’ll primarily focus on Datacenter issues which affect one of my typical customers, typical products we see in virtualization, compute (hyper-converged/converged), storage systems and security.

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Post-Insight Wrap-up, Storage Security, and other thoughts!

It’s been a super busy month for JK-47, having just come back from Netapp Insight, TechFieldDay Extra, giving a #vBrownBag Storage Security Lighting Talk, and now getting dozens of customers ready for end of year DR tests and new purchases. This time of year I tend to meet with 10-15 customers a week making sure everything is going smoothly, and also looking over their storage with healthchecks of the past years’ data.
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uf5YsUf9AU

In the past week, I spent some time talking to NetApp’s Tech ONTAP Podcast. The topic of interest was Storage Security, which I have a great passion for. Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/techontap_podcast/episode-61-security-and-storage

Want to know more? Click Inside!

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Thoughts on Education.

I was thinking about education today. The ‘modern’ education system in America. How much it misses the mark in bringing out something special in those whom are our futures. Thinking about how I want my children to learn. I reflected back upon my own experiences, in many different schools across the country.

Some random thoughts on the topic…

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Netapp Innovation Awards 2016 – Shanghai FESCO Cloud: Scaling China’s Startup Businesses Human Resources

All around the world, storage geeks, management, and analysts are gearing up for Netapp Insight 2016. In just a few short weeks, Las Vegas NV (Sept. 26-29, 2016), and Berlin Germany (Nov. 14-17, 2016) will be painted blue in lights, and the sound of shoes adorned with snazzy red SolidFire socks will be on their way to the first session. The halls will be rumbling with thousands of conversations about Data Fabric, Non-disruptive Operations, All Flash FAS, and of course the Cloud.

Insight is also when Netapp announces the winner of their Innovation Award! While the many thousands of customers are all doing amazing projects, the Innovation Award nominees were selected by a panel of Netapp engineers and executives for undertaking endeavors this year which go above and beyond in terms of creativity and use of technology. The key categories for judging were Flexibility, Business Results, and Simplicity. Though each of the 4 companies were vastly different, the trend among them all was Flash!

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BSidesLV & DEFCON Conference Tips ** UPDATED 2016! **

Often before conferences, I tend to make a post for first timers. I never created one for BSidesLV or DEFCON before.

These are just my experiences and recommendations.

Do your own thing! Make the conference about what YOU want it to be about!

(That was tip #1)

I’ll be adding to this often as my brain remembers stuff.

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