Cisco Patches iOS Flaw

Cisco has managed to fix a flaw in its Internet Work Operating System (IOS) which was recently discovered while an experiment was being conducted by scientists at a university.

The enterprise networking giant announced that it has fixed the bug in its IOS router software that had led to web blackout for a short period of time, disrupting web access for a small amount of Internet users last week.

The bug was discovered by a group of scientists from Duke University of Durham, North Carolina and Reseaux IP Europeens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) when they began to distribute the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) data through the IOS.

The experiment helped spread the bug, disrupting Internet services in more than 60 nations for around 30 minutes; the experiment was put to a halt until Cisco issued an advisory acknowledging the bug.

Although the group conducting the experiment has claimed that their data was in absolute compliance with the standards, neither side is ready to elaborate on the incidence which took place last Friday.

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