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Cisco said that it discovered a slew of new flaws in Foscam's indoor IP cameras that could expose the devices to remote attacks.

Cisco Talos finds More Flaws in Foscam Cameras

Cisco Systems is warning the public about a range of new vulnerabilities it has discovered in IP cameras from the firm Foscam, a popular maker of commercial and consumer surveillance cameras, the second trove of software security holes uncovered since June. 

Firmware used by BLU smart phones was observed transmitting sensitive data to a firm in China.

Experts Propose Standard for IoT Firmware Updates

Bleeping Computer reported that a new proposal submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) defines a secure framework for delivering firmware updates to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Insecure software updates for embedded devices (aka ‘firmware’) have been a frequent source of security lapses on mobile and embedded devices like Internet connected webcams. Filed on October 30, the “IoT Firmware Update Architecture,” establishes security requirements for device makers to implement when designing firmware update mechanisms for connected devices. A familiar list of features The proposed rules include features that have long been recommended by security experts to permit safe handling of software updates. Among them the use of cryptographically signed updates and public key cryptography to provide end-to-end security and verify firmware images, as well as the ability to work with low-power and resource constrained IoT devices. Firmware has been the source of widespread security issues. For example, low-cost […]

Five states have introduced right to repair laws that will give consumers and independent repair shops access to information needed to service popular electronics like Apple's iPhone.

Massachusetts on Front Lines (Again) in Battle for Right to Repair

In-brief: After legislation in five states stalled in the Spring, states like Massachusetts will be on the front line of renewed efforts to pass pro-consumer laws that create a “right to repair” for cell phones, medical devices and other software-driven products. At stake could be the right of consumers to control Internet of Things devices they purchase for use in their home, on their person or in their business.