SOURCE: Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

September 04, 2009 12:00 ET

Media Alert: Check Point IPS Solutions Protect Against Unpatched Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) Exploits

Check Point Provides Businesses With Preemptive Protection Against Microsoft Exposure

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - September 4, 2009) - Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet, today announced that Check Point IPS solutions shield customers against exploits associated with the FTP Service in Microsoft Internet Information Services vulnerability. Successful exploitation of this unpatched vulnerability could allow hackers to take over an affected company's systems.

Although no Microsoft patch is currently available for this vulnerability, Check Point Security Gateway R70 customers using the IPS Software Blade are automatically protected. No action is required if they are using the "Recommended Profile" setting. Check Point VPN-1® NGX R65, VSX® NGX R65 and IPS-1® NGX R65 customers also have existing protections and should check they are activated. See threat reference CPAI-2009-153 for more information at: http://www.checkpoint.com/defense/advisories/public/2009/cpai-03-Augb.html.

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) is a collection of Internet services packaged with several versions of the Windows operating system. IIS includes a FTP server service for exchanging and manipulating files over a TCP computer network. The vulnerability is due to an error in IIS that fails to do sufficient bounds checking when processing an FTP NLST command. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution on affected systems that are running the FTP service and are connected to the Internet. Enterprise users at risk for this vulnerability have either IIS 5.0, IIS 5.1, or IIS 6.0.

"Exploit code of this vulnerability is available in the wild, meaning hackers could take the code and use it to exploit IIS and remotely control a company's network," said Oded Gonda, vice president of network security products at Check Point. "Check Point's IPS products continue to provide protection against such vulnerabilities before they are even discovered, giving our customers the peace-of-mind that their systems are always secure."

Check Point's IPS Software Blade, IPS-1 appliances, and SmartDefense are supported by Check Point update services, which provide ongoing and real-time updates and configuration advisories for defenses and security policies. Check Point protections are developed and distributed by Check Point's Security Research and Response Centers located around the globe.

Based on the Software Blade architecture, Check Point IPS Software Blade provides complete, integrated, next generation firewall intrusion prevention capabilities at multi-gigabit speeds, with preemptive threat coverage for clients, servers, OS and other vulnerabilities, malware/worm infections, and more. Software Blades are independent and flexible security modules that enable companies to select the functions they need to build a custom Check Point Security Gateway.

Businesses interested in additional information on Check Point's IPS Software Blade can visit: www.checkpoint.com/products/softwareblades/intrusion-prevention-system.html.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com), worldwide leader in securing the Internet, is the only vendor to deliver Total Security for networks, data and endpoints, unified under a single management framework. Check Point provides customers uncompromised protection against all types of threats, reduces security complexity and lowers total cost of ownership. Check Point first pioneered the industry with FireWall-1 and its patented stateful inspection technology. Today, Check Point continues to innovate with the development of the Software Blade architecture. The dynamic Software Blade architecture delivers secure, flexible and simple solutions that can be fully customized to meet the exact security needs of any organization or environment. Check Point customers include tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes including all Fortune 100 companies. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumers from hackers, spyware and identity theft.

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