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Microsoft has security issues with its MongoDB instances

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February 17, 2017

It looks like Microsoft is attempting to capitalise on a recent slew of ransom attacks on its unsecured MongoDB instances.

Maybe Microsoft might even be encouraging developers somewhat in switching to working with its own Azure-based DocumentDB system. We're not sure yet.

The free version of MongoDB ships with the default TCP port 27017, and with so many administrators failing to change that port, attackers have capitalized on insecure instances in a lot of data breaches and ransom attacks lately.

After it made its various security investments in Azure, Microsoft has waded into the debate about whether MongoDB is suitable for production purposes by encouraging developers to jump ship and get working on Azure's DocumentDB.

The invitation was recently made in an open letter with the hashtag title of "Dear #MongoDB users, we welcome you in #Azure #DocumentDB".

Penned by Microsoft's Rimma Nehme, architect at the open-source software analytics and NoSQL group, the missive misses no time in opening-- "First and foremost, security is our priority."

Nehme continues by not only providing a table mapping DocumentDB features to MongoDB's security checklist, but also presenting a sophisticated visual guide comparing the services' relative security.

While DocumentDB's protocol support for MongoDB could ostensibly make migration easier, its lack of support for baseline aggregation functions and partial updates has provoked some complaints on the Azure feedback page.

For now, MongoDB has declined to comment on Microsoft's pitch to its users. Readers are encouraged to pop along to the comments section and submit their own interpretation of the conflict.

Source: MongoDB.

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