SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blue Coat(TM) Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCSI), a leading provider of proxy appliances, today announced that its ProxySG(TM) and ProxyAV(TM) appliances safeguard organizations from threats exploiting the recently discovered HTTP Redirect Vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), including the JS/Scob Trojan. This widespread vulnerability can allow hackers to take control of desktop computers and extract confidential information from corporate systems. Symptoms A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft's Internet Explorer, which fails to assess the security attributes of a Web page being served by an infected Web server. This vulnerability allows an attacker to execute code within the "Local Machine Zone" security domain on desktop computers (a security setting treated with a high-level of trust because it assumes only content on the user's machine is being accessed). The vulnerability is currently being exploited by the JS/Scob Trojan, also known as Download.Ject, which communicates from infected desktop computers to a malicious Web server. It then downloads spyware that can transmit confidential information, such as financial data and passwords, to the malicious source outside the network. Future variants could download other types of malicious code. Solution Blue Coat proxy appliances are designed to provide a secure layer between users on the network and the Web. Using Blue Coat, organizations can safeguard against threats that exploit vulnerabilities in IE Web browsers. Blue Coat's solution is uniquely capable of mitigating this IE vulnerability, and preventing a Web server from loading malicious code on a desktop computer, because of its comprehensive visibility and control over the Web channel. Blue Coat provides protection on multiple layers: 1. Blue Coat's ProxySG appliances are capable of reviewing all incoming response headers for location requests, and blocking those that are invalid. 2. The ProxySG directs Web content susceptible to virus infection to the ProxyAV appliance, where the JS/Scob remote access Trojan can be detected and deleted. This provides a signature-based layer that complements the ProxySG's capabilities. 3. The ProxySG acts as a "middle-man" between users on the network and Internet to terminate any unauthorized attempted communication of confidential information. This further mitigates risks if the Trojan already exists on any desktop computers. 4. The ProxySG also supports blocking by "user-agent type" to restrict the use of browser versions that are subject to this vulnerability. 5. As an added measure, the ProxySG appliance enables administrators to explicitly block known Web sites or files that contain malicious code. Blue Coat recommends that customers reference the Technical Brief titled "Addressing IE Vulnerabilities" located at http://www.bluecoat.com/resources/resourcedocs/techbriefs.html for more instructions on configuring its ProxySG appliances to avert the threats posed by IE vulnerabilities. Those interested in learning more about the benefits of proxy appliances should also visit http://www.bluecoat.com for information. About Blue Coat Systems Blue Coat enables organizations to keep "good" employees from doing "bad" things on the Internet. Blue Coat wire-speed proxy appliances provide visibility and control of Web communications to address today's new business risks -- such as inappropriate Web surfing, viruses brought in via back door channels such as instant messaging and Web-based email, and network resource abuse due to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing and video streaming. Trusted by many of the world's most influential organizations, Blue Coat has shipped more than 18,000 proxy appliances. Blue Coat is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be reached at 408-220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com. FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS: The statements contained in this press release that are not purely historical are forward-looking statements, including statements regarding Blue Coat Systems' expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including the capabilities of the ProxySG and ProxyAV. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based upon information available to Blue Coat Systems as of the date hereof, and Blue Coat Systems assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These and other risks relating to Blue Coat Systems' business are set forth in Blue Coat Systems' most recently filed Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2004, and other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NOTE: All trademarks, trade names or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.
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