Novell has said that some of its servers have been used by remote attackers to search for vulnerable connection ports at its customers’ premises.
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The scans, which could be used by potential hackers, are reported to have started earlier this month and are linked to an online gaming page supported by Novell servers.
It is thought that Novell employees or others could have been using Novell infrastructure to host the game site and search for vulnerable customer ports.
The problem was reported to Novell by US internet security company Brandon Internet Security after one of its clients reported remote scans of its ports.
Brandon tracked the scans back to servers registered to Novell. Novell said they were test servers outside its corporate firewall. Novell is now taking action to address the problem.