September 30, 2014

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QNAP Releases QTS 4.1.1 Firmware Featuring Full NAS Encryption by Volume-based Technology

QNAP®, Inc. today announced the availability of QTS 4.1.1, the new Turbo NAS firmware that features whole-NAS encryption by volume-based technology to greatly ensure data security in response to increasing cloud security challenges.

As the fear of private data being leaked over the Internet is now a prime security concern, the protection provided by Network Attached Storage (NAS) has received great attention, especially for confidential business files and private photos/videos that require high security. However, the shared-folder-level encryption found in traditional NAS does not allow users to encrypt photos, music and videos stored in default shared folders, and therefore can lead to data being easily accessible if the NAS is stolen.

“QTS 4.1.1 ensures the security of data by including full volume encryption that can encrypt photos, music, videos, and documents in every shared folder of the Turbo NAS,” said Willy Kuo, product manager of QNAP, adding “QNAP strives to develop the most secure and convenient storage solution and by providing full volume encryption, we can ensure total data security. We strongly recommend that our users use full volume encryption to ensure that their data is completely protected.”

For business users, QNAP provides a unified storage solution with both security and functionality. Even if the Turbo NAS is encrypted, all the files can still be accessible via Windows SMB/CIFS, iSCSI, and NFS protocols. In contrast, some NAS brands only allow users to encrypt newly created shared folders, and thus they will not be able to access these shared folders via NFS protocol, resulting in great inconvenience. With whole-NAS encryption, QNAP offers Turbo NAS users 100% security and a convenient private cloud storage solution.

September 29, 2014

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QNAP Releases New QTS for the Turbo NAS with Fix on GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability

QNAP®, Inc. today released a new version of QTS for its Turbo NAS lineup, fixing the GNU Bash Environment Variable Command Injection Vulnerability (CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169), also known as “Shellshock,” that can allow attackers to gain remote control over UNIX/Linux-based systems. The Turbo NAS may also be affected under certain conditions.

QNAP’s security lab has verified the QTS version 4.1.1 Build 0927 and confirmed it has fixed the CVE-2014-6271 and CVE-2014-7169 vulnerability. Users are strongly advised to update their Turbo NAS units to this QTS version.

As the GNU Bash still have potential issues on CVE-2014-6277, which is not confirmed to be solved yet, QNAP will keep on watching the solution provided by GNU and release the corresponding hot fixes.

QTS 4.1.1 Build 0927 is now available for update directly on the Turbo NAS management interface (QTS) and on QNAP’s official download site (http://www.qnap.com/download) for the following Turbo NAS models:

  • TS-EC880 Pro, TS-EC1080 Pro, TS-EC880U-RP, TS-EC1280U-RP, TS-EC1680U-RP, TS-EC2480U-RP
  • TS-879 Pro, TS-1079 Pro, TS-879U-RP/EC879U-RP , TS-1279U-RP/EC1279U-RP, TS-1679U-RP/EC1679U-RP, SS-EC1279U-SAS-RP, SS-EC1879U-SAS-RP, SS-EC2479U-SAS-RP
  • TS-470, TS-470 Pro, TS-670, TS-670 Pro, TS-870, TS-870 Pro
  • TS-1270U-RP, TS-870U-RP, TS-1269U-RP,TS-869U-RP, TS-269 Pro/269L, TS-469 Pro/469L, TS-469U-RP/SP, TS-569 Pro/569L, TS-669 Pro/669L, TS-869 Pro/869L
  • SS-453 Pro, SS-853 Pro, TS-253 Pro, TS-453 Pro, TS-653 Pro, TS-853 Pro
  • TS-251, TS-451, TS-651, TS-851
  • HS-210, HS-251, IS-400 Pro
  • TS-121, TS-221, TS-421, TS-421U
  • TS-120, TS-220, TS-420, TS-420U
  • TS-119/119P+/119P II, TS-219/219P/219P+/219P II, TS-419P/419P+/419P II, TS-419U/419U+/419U II
  • TS-259 Pro/259 Pro+, TS-459 Pro/459 Pro+/459 Pro II, TS-459U-RP/SP/459U-RP+/SP+, TS-509 Pro, TS-559 Pro/559 Pro+/559 Pro II, TS-659 Pro/659 Pro+/659 Pro II, TS-859 Pro/859 Pro+, TS-859U/859U+
  • SS-439 Pro, SS-839 Pro, TS-239 Pro, TS-239H, TS-239 Pro II, TS-239 Pro II+, TS-439 Pro, TS-439 Pro II, TS-439 Pro II+, TS-439U RP/SP, TS-639 Pro
  • TS-110, TS-210, TS-410, TS-410U
  • TS-112, TS-212/212P/212-E, TS-412, TS-412U
  • TS-809 Pro, TS-809U-RP

Users with further questions can contact QNAP Technical Support at:

http://helpdesk.qnap.com

September 26, 2014

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QNAP Encourages Users to Take Actions to Protect their Turbo NAS from Potential Bash Code Injection

QNAP® Systems, Inc. has been looking into the recent concerns over potential Bash code injection (CVE-2014-6271) that can lead to security vulnerabilities on the Turbo NAS and other Unix/Linux-based systems. A partial solution for CVE-2014-6271 exists but may result in another security vulnerability (CVE-2014-7169). QNAP is actively working on a solution for this issue, but in the meantime encourages all Turbo NAS users to take the following immediate actions to avoid any possible exploitation of their system.

As a temporary measure until a solution is released for this issue, please ensure that the following services of the Turbo NAS are disconnected from the Internet:

  • Web administration
  • Web server
  • WebDAV
  • Photo Station, Music Station, File Station, and any other NAS app that uses a web-based interface

Normally the local network is not accessible from the Internet easily, users can still use their Turbo NAS safely. If users still worry about the security of their local network, they can follow the steps to disable the QTS web UI completely, and only turn it on when necessary:

  • Login to QTS and disable the Web Server in Applications
  • Login to QTS and disable the secure connection (SSL) in General Settings
  • Disable NAS web administration using a SSH utility (such as putty):
    1. Connect to the Turbo NAS with admin username and password
    2. Type the following command and hit the “Enter” key:
      /etc/init.d/thttpd.sh stop

Note: The NAS web administration will become unavailable after taking the above steps. To restore it:

  1. Restart the Turbo NAS, or
  2. Manually start the web administration via SSH by typing the following command:
    /etc/init.d/thttpd.sh start

QNAP will keep users updated with the latest information as addressing this issue. If users would like further assistance, please contact QNAP Technical Support at http://helpdesk.qnap.com

August 21, 2014

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QNAP Releases New NAS Products Featuring Quad-core Intel® Celeron® Processor and QvPC Technology for SMBs

 

QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the new tower-based Turbo NAS TS-x53 Pro series (available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay) and the 2.5”-drive SS-x53 Pro series (4 and 8-bay) that provide a powerful and reliable solution for data storage and mission-critical business applications for small and medium businesses. Coupled with exclusive QvPC Technology, these new series can serve as cost-effective PC substitutes that enable direct access to stored data, real-time surveillance monitoring with local display, XBMC digital entertainment, and more.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series is powered by a quad-core Intel® Celeron® 2.0GHz processor with burst speed up to 2.41GHz and 8GB/4GB/2GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), supports 2 or 4 LAN ports that provide up to 400MB/s read & write speeds in port trunking mode, and achieves 70+MB/s read & write AES-256bit encryption performance. “The new models deliver high performance that maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. “The high-quality hardware also provides the power for users to operate multiple virtual machines using QNAP Virtualization Station, transcode Full HD videos in real-time or offline, and enhance their business productivity with SMB features built-in,” added Hsu.

QNAP’s exclusive QvPC Technology consolidates a number of high-end technologies including VM integration, multimedia transcoding, HDMI output, cloud integration and NAS connection technologies, allowing users to operate the TS/SS-x53 Pro series as a PC when they plug in a keyboard, mouse and monitor. With QvPC Technology, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series is transformed into a cost-effective device with PC functionalities for users to directly access stored data on the NAS, run multiple applications using Windows/Linux/UNIX/Android-based VMs, surf the web on Google Chrome, enjoy Full HD videos with up to 7.1 channel audio with XBMC, monitor the Surveillance Station in real time with local display, and much more.

Users can install the Virtualization Station from the QTS App Center to extend the functionality of the TS/SS-x53 Pro series by operating multiple Windows, Linux and UNIX-based VMs. Virtualization Station offers numerous functions including snapshot, VM import/export, dedicated LAN ports, user permissions, and more. Users can conveniently operate VMs as remote desktops via web browsers for instant management or troubleshooting.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series, with integrated hardware acceleration, provides superior real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities to convert videos on-the-fly or in the background to universal formats that can be smoothly played on computers and mobile devices. In the event of limited Internet bandwidth, users can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting lower resolutions to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows multiple users to simultaneously watch different videos stored on it without affecting the performance of other running applications. “This powerful transcoding feature makes the new series perfect for organizations where videos are at the heart of their daily work or digital offerings, increasing their productivity and providing higher-quality videos near-instantly,” added Hsu.

The TS/SS-x53 Pro series has a range of comprehensive business applications and is ideal for SMBs to build a secure private cloud. It supports VMware®, Microsoft® and Citrix® virtualization solutions to simplify virtual storage management. The cross-platform file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX users makes the TS/SS-x53 Pro series an ideal centralized storage solution for organizations with a large number of users. The support for Windows AD, LDAP directory services and Windows ACL improves the efficiency of permission settings. The TS/SS-x53 Pro series can also act as a domain controller for Windows, and offers flexible backup solutions for Windows® and Mac® users and disaster recovery solutions including RTRR, rsync and cloud storage backup. The IT Management Station (powered by Mandriva® Pulse) provides an IT system management solution for businesses of all sizes to centrally manage multi-OS and multi-site IT assets. With the unique Signage Station, business users can easily create animated content and advertisements for promoting their services.

Featuring a scalable design, the TS/SS-x53 Pro series allows administrators to connect a QNAP expansion enclosure (UX-500P or UX-800P) to increase the total storage capacity to 96TB with multiple volumes (varies by models). The UX-500P and UX-800P tower expansion enclosures offer SMBs with budget-friendly options to expand their storage capacity on demand to fulfill storage-intensive applications such as video surveillance, data archiving, TV broadcast storage, and for backing-up the entire content of the connected Turbo NAS.

QNAP Releases Cutting-Edge Home NAS with Expansion Solution: TS-x51 Series Featuring Dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz Processor

 

QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced the release of the cutting-edge Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and Home users, and two economical tower storage expansion enclosures companion UX-500P and UX-800P.

The TS-x51 series, available in 2, 4, 6, 8-bay models, features unrivaled real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities, and supports video streaming through DLNA, AirPlay and Plex Media Server. “Building a personal cloud is becoming increasingly popular, and the TS-x51 series is the ideal choice for users to quickly create a secure personal space for file storage, backup, synchronization and multimedia,” said Jason Hsu, product manager of QNAP. Coupled with flexible storage expansion support, the TS-x51 series is the perfect solution for the growing needs of data and multimedia content storage in modern small offices and home environments.

The TS-x51 series is powered by a Dual-core Intel® Celeron® 2.41GHz processor with 1GB energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB) and supports dual LAN ports that provide up to 220MB/s read & write speeds. It maintains smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming. The DDR3L RAM features low volt and low power consumption, beneficial to energy saving while sustaining high system performance. 

The TS-x51 series, with built-in hardware acceleration, demonstrates superior real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding capabilities to convert video on-the-fly or in the background to universal formats that can be smoothly played on computers, mobile devices or Smart TVs. In the event of limited Internet bandwidth, users can still enjoy smooth videos by selecting a lower resolution to play the videos via File Station, Video Station, or the Qfile mobile app. The TS-x51 series allows multiple users to simultaneously watch different videos stored on it without affecting the performance of other running applications. “The powerful transcoding feature of the TS-x51 series helps greatly save on mobile Internet access bills,” added Hsu.       

Users can also connect the TS-x51 to the HDTV via HDMI connection to enjoy high resolution videos with the HD Station. Those who are in different rooms from the TS-x51 series in a home environment can stream videos through DLNA, AirPlay or Plex Media Server and enjoy on HDTVs, smartphones and tablet devices.

The TS-x51 series is perfect for creating a home multimedia hub. By using the Photo Station, Music Station and Video Station, users can easily archive, manage and share all of their photo, music and video collections. The new series is also an all-in-one NAS, featuring the app-oriented QTS operating system that allows users to centrally organize files & backups, sync files across various devices, share files with different groups & communities, and access & manage files on the go using the Qfile, Qmusic, Qmanager and VMobile mobile apps.

With the constant growth of digital data and increasing demand for digital multimedia, small office and home users expect high performance and flexibly expandable storage solutions. The TS-x51 series supports storage expansion, allowing administrators to connect a QNAP expansion enclosure (UX-500P or UX-800P) to increase the total raw storage capacity up to 80TB (varies by models). The new tower expansion enclosures UX-500P and UX-800P offer small office and home users budget-friendly options to enjoy greater flexibility in storage deployment. “Users can easily adopt the UX-500P and UX-800P to effortlessly set up and expand the storage capacity of the TS-x51 series to fulfill the large storage capacity required by file backup, multimedia and video surveillance,” added Hsu.

Users can also increase the functionalities of the TS-x51 series with the QTS App Center that provides various install-on-demand apps developed by QNAP and third-party developers, including backup/sync, business tools, content management, communications, download, entertainment and more. QNAP’s development platform also allows developers to create various applications, adding even more value to the TS-x51 series and providing near-unlimited functionality for users.