25.000 Russian Hack Attacks Repulsed by Bitrix in Two Days
More than six hundred Russian hackers have been trying to hack down a Bitrix server-installed content management software in attempt to get over its sophisticated Proactive Protection system. The competition was organized during the "Chaos Constructions CC9 Festival" that took place on 29-30 August 2009 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Both the Festival participants and comers from the Internet were instigated to try to evade the Bitrix brand new Proactive Protection security system as part of the "Bitrix Real-Time Hack Competition". The Bitrix, Inc. team claimed their advanced content management system software can withstand a most aggressive hack attack. The Festival competitors and the Internet comers got a leg-up, though: the Proactive Protection security system (WAF / Web Application Firewall Plus) had been to some extent modified before the competition in advance, just to be a little bit more "vulnerable". The point of this hack competition was to gain more examples for analyzing common mistakes made by site developers and to show how the new security system shield works in action.
"We have let the competitors to try to detect a range of vulnerable spots in the Cross-Site Scripting, because if we’d fully blocked this type of attacks it would have led to a large number of false detection alerts. The only efficacious method has been discovered by a really professional IT specialist who could use some of the Internet Explorer drawbacks and turn them into a tool to evade the Bitrix protection. Nevertheless, all life-threatening attacks have been prevented by the software security modules" said Marcel Nizaque, Bitrix, Inc. IT security specialist.
The Proactive Protection security system has been revised anew right after the competition and now free updates are already available for the Bitrix customers and partners through the SiteUpdate system.
The Proactive Protection module is present both in the Bitrix Intranet Portal v8.0 software and in the Bitrix Site Manager v8.0 and higher (starting from the Standard Edition). The Bitrix team continues to develop and modify all Bitrix products to reach even higher levels of security and reliability for the benefits of its customers and partners.
Bitrix, Inc. specializes in development of highly secure content management systems (CMS) and portal solutions for managing web projects and multifunctional information systems on the Internet. Bitrix’s Flagship Solution - Bitrix Site Manager, is a standalone application that provides comprehensive content management for online businesses. Established in 1998 by a group of IT specialists, Bitrix today holds a leading position in the Web development market, with high-standard technology solutions to its clients and partners.
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