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Sipera Viper Lab Identifies SIP Vulnerabilities That Threaten VoIP

March 27, 2007

After two years in stealth mode, reviewing, cataloging and analyzing VoIP and SIP vulnerabilities, Sipera VIPER Lab (cool name by the way, since I drive a Viper myself - photo to right ) today released at CTIA several threat advisories for WiFi/dual mode telephones from vendors including RIM, HTC, Samsung, Dell and D-Link. Sipera VIPER Lab also released information about a number of SIP vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can disable phones calling features, disconnect calls, and freeze phones, causing significant enterprise communications disruptions.

According to Sipera, they proactively identify VoIP threats through its Sipera VIPER Lab, which is comprised of experienced VoIP application developers, architects, and engineers, operating 24/7/365 from Richardson, Texas, and Hyderabad, India. The VIPER Lab researchers identify new vulnerabilities and potential exploits in VoIP protocols, VoIP equipment and phones. They also scan web sites, blogs, discussion groups, and media outlets for evidence of known, suspected and new VoIP vulnerabilities and attacks.

Office Communications Server 2007 Public Beta Launches

March 26, 2007

Recently I stated that Microsoft would launch the public beta of Office Communications Server 2007 later this month. Well, Microsoft gave me a heads up on the launching of their public beta of Office Communications Server 2007 which is available later today. The Public Beta code for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 + Communicator 2007 (client) will be available for download as of 10AM PDT (1PM EDT). Virtual PC images plus video demos will be available following week, which will allow IT staff to more easily trial OCS 2007 as a "virtual" turnkey solution.

Vonage shut down in 2 weeks?

March 23, 2007

Federal District Judge Claude Hilton has told Vonage to stop using Verizon patents, and has just two weeks to comply with the judge's order. As far as I can tell, without access to these patent rights, Vonage will be forced to shutdown. Vonage's stock tumbled after this news hitting just $3.00 ($-1.05) for a drop of -25.93%.

“They could not have been commercially successful if they had not taken these patents we have and put them into their technologies,” Dan Webb, an attorney for Verizon, said at Friday’s hearing on the injunction request.

So  what does this mean for Vonage's customers in 2 weeks?

Skype allows Paypal payments within client

March 22, 2007

Skype will soon allow users to send money to other Skype users via PayPal, a popular online payments system -- all from within the Skype client. This was announced by Skype co-founder Niklas Zennstrom during a speech he gave. Both Skype and PayPal are owned by eBay, so the integration makes sense. “You can send money over Skype,” Mr Zennstrom said of the upcoming service plan.

Microsoft Response Point - VoIP for Business

March 20, 2007

Today at the second annual Microsoft Small Business Summit, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a small-business Internet protocol (IP) phone system, code-named “Response Point,” designed for ease of use and manageability. The new system comes in an easy-to-install box, supports both voice over IP (VoIP) and traditional phone lines, and includes a voice-activated user interface.

Now in beta testing, “Response Point” will be generally available later this year in three models: D-Link DVX-2000, Quanta Syspine and Uniden Evolo. Microsoft designed the “Response Point” software to empower small-business customers to manage system changes themselves.

Jaxtr Launches Public Beta

March 19, 2007

Jaxtr tomorrow will launch the public beta (previously a private beta) of their service that brings voice to social networks and blogs. You can now sign up to receive a free jaxtr account that links your mobile or landline phones with your online blog or social networking website. You simply add their jaxtr widget to your online profile or blog, which allows users to hear from callers worldwide while keeping their existing phone numbers private. Jaxtr currently works with many popular social networks and communities, including MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster, Flickr, YouTube, Wikipedia, Craigslist, eBay, LiveJournal, and Blogger.

TeamOnCall for Windows SIP-based Presence Management

March 19, 2007

Want a SIP-based presence application that monitors all your various SIP phones and centralizes the presence information to provide centralized presence management? Well, Vonalink's TeamOnCall is a new real-time call status display software that works with any VoIP phone system based on the SIP standard to provide real-time display of call status. Put into context of the hosted presence solution Tello, which recently bit the dust, this just shows you that presence-based solutions are still in high demand.

According to Arcosoft, "While VoIP phones are being adopted by small and medium sized businesses at a growing rate, the tools to make effective use of the phones are lacking. In a business environment where a receptionist receives an incoming call and needs to transfer the call to the appropriate representative, the receptionist has no way of knowing which representative is free, unless the company has deployed a costly and complex call center solution."
  • Works with any SIP based VoIP system, including hosted services such as Voipfone or Vonage
  • Use with soft phone, hard phone, or analog phone via an adapter
  • Web server based
  • Automatic discovery of all phones
  • Real-time display of call status including remote caller and name
  • Flexible grouping of phones
  • API accepts Do-not-disturb notifications from IP phone
  • Ethernet network switch with port mirroring (more than 6 phones) or a hub (6 phones or less)

Based on one customer's feedback, TeamOnCall was created specifically to address this business pain, says Tony Leung, Director of Arcosoft. 

Fonality's trixbox appliance Part 2

March 19, 2007

Fonality's release of their Linux-based trixbox appliance certainly is creating some buzz in the Asterisk community. According to Fonality, the trixbox appliance has the following features:

  • The appliance comes with a 4-port network card, so (just like the Digium appliance) you can do your office networking on it.
  • It comes pre-loaded with the trixbox software – which saves you time
  • It comes with two 80GB hard drives so it has lots of storage (the Digium appliance comes with 1 1GB flash drive).
  • The appliance comes with a powerful Intel processor (vs.

Tello bites the dust

March 18, 2007

Tello, a Pulver-backed startup, apparently has packed it in. I covered Tello pretty in-depth last year (Jan 2006) in a skeptical article titled Tello, a near term solution? Apparently, it was very "near term" as it only lasted a little over a year. In my January post, I wrote, "At first glance, this hosted solution to the IM interoperability dilemma seems like a great idea. However, it seems like a near-term solution to me.

Clocky the alarm clock hides to block your snooze addiction

March 15, 2007

Do you hate getting up and the blaring alarm clock only results in you hitting the snooze 5 times and arriving to work late? Surely, you curse the alarm clock and accuse it of snoozing for only 9 minutes instead of 10, robbing you of 1 minute extra sleep. (Actually, little known fact, most alarm clocks snooze for 9 minutes not 10.)

Truly, you want to make it to work on time, but ohhhhh how tempting hitting the snooze button just 1 more time is. More Americans suffer from "snooze button addiction" than any other.

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