SOURCE: BreakingPoint Systems

July 08, 2008 09:05 ET

BreakingPoint Releases ActiveX Instantiation Strike to Test Network and Security Devices for Commonly Missing Vulnerability Coverage

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - BreakingPoint Systems, Inc., the content-aware network and application testing company, today released the "Killed ActiveX Instantiation" strike. Microsoft has issued a list of more than 445 ActiveX controls that should be stopped, known as "kill bits," essentially a vendor-provided blacklist of software component vulnerabilities. The BreakingPoint ActiveX strike allows Network Equipment Manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers to ensure that network devices that provide coverage for client-side browser vulnerabilities are covering this often missed exposure.

Details and More Information:

--  BreakingPoint users log in to get the latest security strikes at
--  Download the "Killed ActiveX Instantiation Strike" information sheet
--  Microsoft Knowledge Base Article, "How to stop an ActiveX control from
    running in Internet Explorer":
BreakingPoint CTO & Founder Dennis Cox comments:

"BreakingPoint was founded to help network devices push the envelope on performance, in both speed and security. This ActiveX vulnerability is high-risk and our team has found network devices that lacked coverage for most, and in some cases all, of these killed ActiveX controls. By providing NEMs the ability to test for this malicious ActiveX instantiation they can immediately enhance the performance of their devices and help better protect client-side workstations. Unique in the testing industry, our team of researchers in BreakingPoint Labs continuously creates new ways, such as this ActiveX strike, to test and dramatically improve network equipment."

About BreakingPoint

BreakingPoint is the only company exclusively focused on application, performance, and security testing for content-aware devices. By delivering the industry's most accurate, fast, responsive and easy-to-use testing tools, BreakingPoint helps network equipment manufacturers, services providers, and other organizations accelerate the development of high performance content-aware networks and network devices. BreakingPoint was founded in 2005 by engineers with deep experience developing high speed networking devices at companies such as NetWorth, NetSpeed, Cisco, TippingPoint, and 3Com. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas with offices and customers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, and China. For more information, visit

Contact Information

  • For Information Contact:
    Kyle Flaherty
    BreakingPoint Systems
    (512) 821-6059
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