Cake Poker’s official statement RE: Security

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jul 28, 2010 Posted in Poker Industry News | No Comments »

As we previously reported, recently uncovered a security issue involving the encryption used at Cake Poker. The issue in question is almost a mirror image of the same vulnerability found by PTR at Cereus Poker sites, UB Poker and Absolute Poker, back in May.

The Card-Room Manager for Cake Poker, Lee Jones issued a public statement on the matter yesterday, citing what the site is doing to remedy the problem, as well as how players can minimize any potential security vulnerabilities in the interim:

Hi folks –

Here’s a status update on the security vulnerability in the Cake Poker software which was reported yesterday. Our development team replicated the described scenario and confirmed that a vulnerability exists which can be addressed to strengthen the security of the Cake Poker software. We take this very seriously and have mobilized a team of senior engineers to address the problem. In short, we are adding an SSL layer to secure all communication between our servers and the client software. We’ve got everybody who can possibly help on this and will get the development and testing jobs completed as soon as humanly possible.

In the meantime, if you wish to play on Cake Poker (or the Cake Network), we encourage you to follow good security practices:

-Make sure that your computer is secure. Run anti-virus and spyware detection software, don’t share your computer’s password with anybody else, etc.

-In terms of network security, the most secure thing you can do is play on a wired network. —- Plugging your computer into a router or modem with an Ethernet cable is the best defense against your packets being sniffed.

-If you are on a wireless home, dorm, or other network that is WPA2 protected, that’s your next most secure solution.

-We encourage you not to play on a wireless network which is not password protected. For instance, if the coffee shop around the corner just plugged a wireless router into their cable connection and announced “Free WiFi”, you shouldn’t be playing on the Cake Network there. It’s worth noting, in fact, that you shouldn’t be doing anything of financial importance over an unprotected wireless network (poker, banking, etc).

Ultimately, it comes down to a question of degree. No system is 100% secure and each person must weigh the relative convenience of access (e.g. free WiFi at a coffee shop) against the potential security risks.

For our part, we are totally committed to closing this hole in our server-client communication security and it will be our top priority until it’s done. We will update you as soon as there is more to say.??Thank you, as always, for your patience and understanding.

Best regards,
Lee Jones

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