By Paul E. Zaleski, Microsoft CorporationCisco Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: CSCO) has announced it will soon start testing a new DNS feature, which will enable it to automatically detect the presence of a proxy server, which may have malicious software on it, if a user connects to a proxy and clicks on a link that looks suspicious.
This feature is expected to roll out to Cisco routers, switches and firewalls in the next few weeks.
According to Cisco, the DNS proxy service is the first of its kind in the world.
The DNS proxy can be used by a customer who wants to control the DNS servers in their network, but wants to ensure the DNS server of the proxy can’t be identified by a third party.
Cisco says the proxy server can’t actually access the DNS, but can only send requests to the proxy.
The proxy server will also detect any type of malicious code on the server.
The proxy server could be used to steal money, for example, or to monitor traffic from other hosts in the network.
The DNS proxy feature is one of several Cisco security features being rolled out in the coming weeks, according to Cisco.
The company also announced a new VPN service that allows customers to connect to their network securely with a VPN that uses a unique IP address.
This new DNS proxy, the first in the company’s network, is expected for the Cisco IOS 7 software.
It can also be used with older versions of Cisco routers.
Cisco said this feature was developed as part of its Security Center initiative.
It is important to note that a DNS proxy server does not automatically connect to the network, so customers should configure the DNS settings manually.
Cisco also noted that the DNS service has no ability to send traffic to external hosts.
This means that users should be aware of what external hosts they are connecting to.
When a user clicks on the link on the DNS Proxy feature page, a notification appears, saying that the proxy is available for the customer.
Users can then configure DNS settings to block the proxy from being used.
The new DNS server can be configured to use the IP address of the user, as well as a range of options for determining the IP of the network interface that the server is connected to.
The Cisco DNS proxy will not only block malicious software from the proxy, but also from external hosts, according the company.
The Cisco DNS Proxy can also use the user’s existing credentials and will not use any of the credentials associated with the proxy account.
The customer will still be able to connect with the DNSProxy service through an external network, however, and it will work on the same IP address as the network’s internal DNS server.
The company says the DNS proxies can also help customers protect against DNS leaks.
Cisco told Reuters that it does not recommend that users change their DNS settings.
However, it noted that DNS leaks can occur when a customer uses an external DNS server for an IP address or DNS alias that they do not own.For more: