SOURCE: Codenomicon

October 31, 2005 09:00 ET

Codenomicon Enhances Its Range of Protocol Robustness Testing Tools With a New SNMP Test Tool

New Tool Allows Developers and Administrators to Quickly and Accurately Pinpoint Potential Security Vulnerabilities

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 31, 2005 -- Codenomicon Ltd., a leading provider of state-of-the-art software testing tools, has announced that it is shipping an SNMP Test Tool, which will readily identify security vulnerabilities in SNMP-based devices.

"SNMP is not just a network management protocol, but a command and control protocol for an entire world of information technology," said Ari Takanen, founder and CEO at Codenomicon. "The implications of breaches in security in SNMP-based devices are potentially horrifying. This solution allows users to quickly identify problem areas in SNMP devices."

SNMP, A Historical Perspective

Since its inception in the mid-1980s, SNMP has become ubiquitous. Today, the protocol is found in the management of Internet routers, switches, firewalls, and other security appliances. It has also spread into web servers, PCs, remote-controlled devices, and even into 3G wireless handsets. The universal use of SNMP means that the dependable operation of these devices is now absolutely critical to the proper functioning of the Internet. Programming errors in SNMP implementations easily lead to exploitation and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks through simple malformed SNMP messages.

New Answer to an Old Problem

Codenomicon provides unparalleled protocol coverage and test effectiveness compared with other SNMP robustness test suites currently in the market. Codenomicon's SNMP Test Tool can be used to test all versions of the SNMP protocol, including versions 1, 2 and 3. Codenomicon's SNMP Test Tool includes tests for the RMON and MIB-II specifications of SNMP, as well as improved testing of both the ASN.1 encoding layer and the SNMP application layer. Codenomicon's robustness testing tools are based on a method of systematically and automatically creating tens of thousands of protocol messages with exceptional elements that simulate malicious attacks. This results in proactive and extremely efficient discovery of SNMP vulnerabilities from implementations.

Codenomicon's new SNMP Test Tool ensures SNMP software robustness for any organization whose products are using SNMP in any capacity, including network building block manufacturers and integrators (network solution providers), companies working with critical national infrastructure (electricity, traffic, healthcare, manufacturing, military) and network operators.

Protecting the Software Lifecycle

Codenomicon is striving to work with vendors of SNMP products in order to continue these advancements and to uncover new potential issues as they emerge. Locating potential problems early in the software lifecycle protects vendors from the costly patch-and-penetrate cycle by dramatically reducing the amount of customer-reported defects on tested interfaces. By automating the testing process, vendors can take advantage of lowered initial test deployment costs, as well as increasing test coverage.


Codenomicon SNMP Test Tool is available now. For licensing options and pricing information, contact In addition to SNMP, Codenomicon offers a wide range of test tools for testing the robustness of other remote management protocol implementations (HTTP, SSH, Telnet), and lower-level protocols used with SNMP (IP, UDP).

About Codenomicon Ltd.

Codenomicon Ltd. develops and markets state-of-the-art software testing tools for proactive elimination and prevention of security vulnerabilities. The company serves industry-leading international telecom and Internet companies. Codenomicon test tools are available for a wide range of protocols and file formats, including HTTP, TLS/SSL, FTP, TFTP, Telnet, and SSH. Codenomicon is the leader in security and robustness testing, with over 70% of its revenue originating from United States. The company is based in Oulu, Finland, with a business development office in San Jose, California. Visit for more information.

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