Those 'invisible' servers could open your network to hackers

Slew of vulnerabilities in IPMI standard for disaster-recovery access leaves unpatched implementations at severe risk

By Matt Prigge, InfoWorld |  Security, insider

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However, they also can present an enormous risk if not protected properly.

Recently, US-CERT released a security advisory that explains the risks inherent with exposing Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) interfaces to unsecured networks. IPMI is an API standard maintained by Intel that describes a platform-independent method of interacting with the BMCs on servers. This advisory followed the release of numerous vulnerabilities in the IPMI 1.5 and 2.0 standards discovered by independent security consultant Dan Farmer while working on a DARPA grant.

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