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Lynn re-surfaces at Juniper

Michael Lynn, the hacker who hit the headlines in July for exposing a Cisco router flaw is now employed by arch-rival Juniper.

Michael Lynn, the hacker who hit the headlines in July for exposing a Cisco router flaw is now employed by arch-rival Juniper, according to the vendor. Juniper declined to reveal what role Lynn is occupying.

The security researcher was dramatically sued by Cisco earlier in the year after he discovered a Cisco router IOS flaw and defied the networking giant and then-employer ISS to publicise the flaw at a hacking convention in Las Vegas.

Lynn was widely regarded as a hero by many in the internet community in the wake of the scandal but many doubted if he could again find gainful employment as a security researcher.

For its part, Cisco was widely castigated for its heavy-handed tactics in stopping Lynn from further publicising his findings, with some commentators suggesting that the internet could be at threat if similar whistle-blowers are discouraged to come clean on flaws.

Cisco issued a patch for the hole Lynn discovered on November 2. This fixes the vulnerability to heap-based overflows, in which portions of memory on Cisco routers are overwritten with malicious code.

Information relating to the patch can be found at; http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_security_advisory09186a0080...

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