- By Brian Reid on January 27, 2014
Following a successful public demonstration at the 88th Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting November 2013, ISC’s Open Home Gateway Forum team has submitted its code for package signing and validation to the OpenWrt project. ISC is now disbanding the Open Home Gateway Forum since this code has been completed.
Comcast and ISC created the Open Home Gateway Forum (OHGF) to address problems in managing large numbers of home gateway devices. The Open Home Gateway Forum (OHGF) team created and demonstrated enhancements to OpenWrt that enabled a robust process for remote configuration and software upgrade. This could allow an ISP to securely update home gateway devices, and might be leveraged more broadly by OpenWrt to provide automatic software updates. This is important since so much customer premise equipment never receives a software update, creating significant future security vulnerabilities. This new feature can mitigate the risk of software never being updated, which has recently been in the news in an article by Bruce Schneier and in a malware attack affecting Internet devices.
The remote configuration and update process uses cryptographic signatures and checksum verification to ensure the integrity of the update source as well as the validity of the software downloaded. These extra security measures protect the home gateway from downloading or installing software delivered by or tampered with by any unauthorized party.
As the largest cable Internet Provider in North America, Comcast has a vested interest in solving this problem. One way they have chosen to address it by funding the development of a transparent open source solution.
OpenWrt is a highly extensible GNU/Linux distribution that runs on over 80 different manufacturer’s embedded systems. OpenWrt is an open source project, meaning that the source code is freely available, and they welcome contributions from contributors anywhere in the world. Many of the millions of home gateways connected to the Internet run software based on OpenWrt. Improvements made in OpenWrt can have a wide-ranging impact.
“We are part of a community working together to address a global Internet problem,” stated Gregers Petersen, OpenWrt Relationship Manager. “We welcome the support of, and collaboration with, ISC and Comcast. The open source model is once again proving to be the best way to tackle the really tough technical problems that affect us all.”
“OpenWrt is a vibrant open source project and their software is used by many of our Xfinity Internet customers as well as countless other Internet users,” said Jason Livingood, Vice President of Internet & Communications Engineering at Comcast. “We are happy that ISC was able to develop a unique way of secure remote configuration and update, since regular and automatic software updates are a critical part of ensuring the ongoing security of Internet-connected consumer devices.”
After working with the OHGF team, OpenWrt is continuing to add support for detecting and recovering from interrupted installs and is working on a way to safely do home gateway kernel upgrades. For more information about OpenWrt, or to contribute or download the software distribution, see http://www.openwrt.org.
- By Adib Behjat on October 10, 2013
Internet Systems Consortium’s (ISC) Board of Directors named Jeff Osborn as Executive Director with the explicit goal of ensuring production-‐ quality, fully featured nameserver software is available as open source, with no financial barriers to its use. Osborn will also serve as President of DNSco, ISC’s commercial subsidiary.
“I am both thrilled and humbled to be trusted with the task of leading ISC,” said Osborn. “I am proud to contribute to ISC’s storied history of commitment to the global Internet community, and I look forward to working closely with our many and varied stakeholders. DNSco also has a key role to play as the primary funding vehicle for our public benefit work, and has an opportunity to address the growing threats to the DNS from a business support perspective.”
ISC and DNSco continue to develop, maintain and distribute BIND and ISC DHCP as open source software. ISC makes essential infrastructure software available; DNSco offers professional support subscriptions for ground-‐level business continuity planning. DNSco is a commercial business tasked with generating revenue to sustain both itself and its parent company.
Find Jeff Osborn on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jeff-‐osborn/0/651/880
- By Adib Behjat on July 2, 2013
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) announces that it has sold its security-related assets to Farsight Security, Inc., (“Farsight”) a new company started by ISC founder, Paul Vixie. The DNSDB and SIE services developed by ISC over the past five years will now be provided by Farsight.
“Paul Vixie has been the driving force in Internet security innovation at ISC for many years,” said Kannan Ayyar, President of Internet Systems Consortium. “We are pleased that he will be taking these technologies forward and providing ongoing leadership in the security space. We look forward to his continued innovation there. Paul Vixie has been part of ISC for 18 years; with this new venture he has ended all of his involvement with ISC. We are grateful for his many contributions and share his excitement about Farsight.”
This is the second time this year that ISC has divested certain assets to a commercial for-profit entity. ISC is doing this to increase clarity and focus for its non-profit Internet mission, which includes running F-Root, providing hosting and Internet services for non- profits, researching and developing new ideas for the Internet and of course providing free world-class nameserver and DHCP software for the benefit of the Internet.
In April of this year, ISC launched DNSco (http://dns-co.com), a wholly-owned subsidiary delivering a full suite of commercial services for BIND and ISC DHCP. Farsight, unlike DNSco, is a privately held company that is independent of ISC.
“Farsight security technologies and service delivery capabilities are the result of years of research at ISC,” said Paul Vixie. “During that time we iterated on a range of business models and technology prototypes yielding best-in-class Internet security solutions that will help make the Internet a safer place.”
Internet Systems Consortium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation widely known for world-class Internet software engineering and network operations. ISC produces only open-source software with emphasis on Internet core technology, of which BIND and ISC DHCP are the two best-known examples. ISC’s Managed Open Source process ensures the quality of this software while keeping it open and available.
ISC operates high-reliability global networks of DNS root servers (F-root) and authoritative DNS servers (SNS@ISC) both for non-profit and for commercial enterprises. ISC is also very involved in ongoing Internet protocol and standards development, particularly in the areas of DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is supported by donations from generous sponsors, by program membership fees, and by increasing revenues from for-profit subsidiaries. For program or donation information, please visit our website at http://isc.org.
About Farsight Security, Inc.
Farsight is a privately held Delaware corporation exclusively focused on the development of leading edge security solutions for ISPs, network and system security solution providers, governments, and medium to large commercial companies. Leveraging its superior telemetry data collection and processing capabilities, Farsight provides its clients with cloud-based, real-time network observability and reporting solutions.
Like ISC before it, Farsight is committed to sharing its security-related telemetry data with security industry partners and academic researchers at nominal, non-discriminatory subscription rates. In support of its mission as a clearing house for such data, Farsight invites network operators and commercial clients to provide additional telemetry data, which will increase the volume, quality and accuracy of its data provision services thus improving the overall safety of the Internet as a viable commercial marketplace.
Further information about it can be found at http://www.farsightsecurity.com
- By Adib Behjat on April 9, 2013
Beijing, China – 9 April 2013. Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) announces the creation of its first commercial subsidiary, DNSco.
￼DNSco combines a business view and full-service solution with ISC’s world-renowned technical excellence. For over 15 years ISC has been the world’s leading expert in DNS and related technologies such as DHCP. ISC employees are versed in every aspect of these technologies, from protocol to implementation to operations to registries to policy. As the leader in these core Internet technologies and as the author and distributor of BIND and other core software, ISC has frequently been asked to provide business services to enterprises that recognize their dependence on DNS and DHCP.
“ISC realized that we could be more responsive to our commercial customers while remaining true to our original mission of improving and supporting Internet growth and stability,” said Kannan Ayyar, President of Internet Systems Consortium. “We are separating our globally respected public-benefit activities from our growing business activities. The mission of our new DNSco subsidiary is to provide credible, compatible, economical, stable, and expert support and services to businesses for which ISC’s software and technologies are mission-critical.”
DNSco is entirely owned by ISC, but will be managed separately. Its mission is different, its financials are separate, and it will be run as a commercial entity. But DNSco remains an ISC company, which means that expertise, staff, experience, and culture will move back and forth between the two companies. Separating commercial and public-benefit activities enables us do a better job of both. Moreover, profits from DNSco will help fund ISC’s ongoing public benefit mission.
DNSco’s products are subscriptions for major ISC software titles, training and consulting for the technologies involved, subscriber-only enhancements to the software, and software support related to their operation as well as advance notifications of security vulnerabilities.
In addition DNSco will release various closed-source software products, tools and services, including the newly launched back-end registry service. If DNS technologies are important to your business, or if they are your business, you will find DNSco products and services to be critical to your success.
Visit DNSco at http://www.dns-co.com
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- By Adib Behjat on March 12, 2013
ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwire – Mar 12, 2013) – Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is delighted to announce the launch of the Open Home Gateway Forum with an initial grant from Comcast. The OHGF is a Forum of ISPs and vendors and Internet development organizations, initiated and spearheaded by ISC, that aims to improve the rollout of new Internet technologies to home networks by providing stable, quality-assured reference Open Source software to be used in home gateways. Home gateways are the means by which a residential customer connects to an Internet service provider.
ISC has nearly two decades of experience in open source software development and the processes that surround it, including not just development, but release management, testing, bug management and support. ISC’s initial plans for home gateway software development include better support for IPv6, a smooth and secure mechanism to update the gateway’s firmware, and achieving better throughput and stability. Gateways are now first-class devices in the home, and they should have the software quality and functionality that people have come to expect from a first-class device.
“The edge device in homes is growing in function and importance,” said Kannan Ayyar, president of Internet Systems Consortium. “It must meet the needs of the consumer as well as the service provider. A home gateway needs to offer security, choice, speed, and flexibility. We are confident that the new devices enabled by the work of the Open Home Gateway Forum will be of tremendous value to Internet service customers as well as to their service providers.”
“Comcast is pleased that the Open Home Gateway Forum is one of the first programs underwritten with the new Comcast Technology Research & Development Fund,” said Jason Livingood, Vice President of Internet and Communications Engineering at Comcast. “We think this sort of open source development can make a meaningful difference in home networks and we’re committed to doing what we can to make the Forum a success.”
Further information about ISC’s Open Home Gateway project can be found at http://openhomegateway.org/
Internet Systems Consortium (ISC) is a 501(c)3 public benefit corporation widely known for world‐class Internet software engineering and network operations. Founded in 1994 under an initial grant from UUNET, ISC is governed today by a 5-member Board of Directors. ISC software, of which BIND and ISC DHCP are the two best‐known examples, is open source. Our passion is Internet core technology. Our widely‐imitated Managed Open Source process ensures the quality of our software while keeping it completely open and available. ISC operates high‐reliability global networks of DNS root servers (F‐root) and authoritative DNS servers both for non‐profit and commercial enterprises. ISC is actively involved in Internet protocol and standards development, particularly in the areas of DNSSEC and IPv6. ISC is supported by donations from generous sponsors, by program membership fees, and by increasing revenues from for-profit subsidiaries. For further information, please visit https://www.isc.org/.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation ( NASDAQ : CMCSA ) ( NASDAQ : CMCSK ) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers, 15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
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