Cisco to patent security fix

Thursday, 20 May 2004, 6:08 AM EST

Last month, Robert Barr, an in-house patent attorney for the company, publicly acknowledged that Cisco has applied for U.S. patents on fixes to a protocol called TCP, or Transmission Control Protocol. A flaw in this protocol, which is used for sending data over the Internet, was discovered last month by security expert Paul Watson, a security specialist for industry automation company Rockwell Automation. Watson's discovery resulted in a worldwide security warning that affected many vendors' products.

Cisco has also acknowledged that it plans to standardize some of the technology outlined in its patent applications. The company submitted an Internet draft to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) on April 19.

By Marguerite Reardon at CNET.

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