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operating system

hello ,


i would like to know what is mainly used in HP routers as an operating system ?


thank in advance for the reply.








Re: operating system

As far as I know they develop and maintain their own operating systems.


They have the procurve (provision) software, wich run on the original line of HP switches, and the Comware OS, version 5 and 7 on the H3C switches (orginal 3COM switches).


The Comware series is more advanced that the procurve series. (correct me if Im wrong).




Jon Are Endrerud
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Re: operating system

Yeah the A-series (comware) are the more advanced compared to E-series (procurve/provision).


As the story goes Huawei stole (or somehow "found") the source code for Cisco IOS and used that in their first deployments. This (forked) codebase was later the one used when Huawei teamed up with 3COM and created H3C who later was aquired by HP.


Nowadays I doubt there are that many Cisco IOS left in this current codebase - the funny thing is that many of the bugs early Huawei equipment had was exactly the same as the ones found in Cisco IOS (including backdoors was the same). Also NSA hacked Huawei not too long ago so I guess they are even by now ;-)


Some references you might find interresting:


defcon 2012 fx greg huawei router vulnerabilities


Worth noting HP A-series is used by the US Army among other US Government branches which is why you will see a "US" version of firmwares when you go to the download pages (on the other hand given the snowden docs I dunno if its that sane to use these US-versions or not).

Honored Contributor

Re: operating system

I also have seen A-series switches in places where I would have expected the paranoia level to be high enough to preclude them.


My conclusion is that John Schindler is correct about the state of CI in the West.