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02 November 2010, 16:11

Spontaneous worldwide reboot of Check Point appliances

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On the 30th October at 24:00 GMT (UTC), Check Point security appliances UTM-1 Edge and Safe @ Office generated a number of reports of a worldwide spontaneous reboot. It took several minutes until connections, such as VPN connections, were re-established.

The event reportedly had nothing to do with the time change. According to Checkpoint, an internal counter was responsible for the reboot, which takes place every 13.6 years. Checkpoint says that it does not expected this to be a re-occurring issue within the lifetime of current products.

However, users who may have set the wrong date in the appliance, could still be victims of the effect. There have been complaints in various forums that Check Point took several days to respond to the problem.


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