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NetUSB, IoT and Supply Chain Risk

May 20, 2015 12:290 comments
NetUSB, a common software component for many embedded devices was found to have a serious, exploitable vulnerability. What other problems lurk in the global supply chain?

If you want an object lesson in the dangers that await us on the Internet of Things, check out SEC Consult’s write up on NetUSB, a widely used technology developed by an obscure Taiwanese company that just happens to contain a nasty, remotely exploitable vulnerability. According to this alert, published on Tuesday, NetUSB “suffers from a remotely exploitable kernel stack buffer overflow” that could be used to run malicious code on affected devices. Even worse: the NetUSB component is ubiquitous – found in a long list of devices, from low-end wireless access points and broadband routers for small office and home office deployments to what SEC Consult called “high end devices…released very recently.” Networking devices from 26 vendors, including TP-Link, NetGear and others were found to use the NetUSB technology in their products. The vulnerability discovered by SEC Consult is straight-forward enough. According to their advisory, the NetUSB code does an inadequate […]

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Everything Tastes Better with Bluetooth: Understanding IoT Risk

May 19, 2015 11:160 comments
Companies looking to reign in the threat posed by the Internet of Things need to take the "cool" factor seriously.

In-brief: Marc Blackmer of Cisco says that, with so much promise, it can be hard to anticipate how individual or company-wide decisions to embrace the IoT might bear on cyber risk.  Like this:Like Loading…

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FBI Affidavit Alleges Researcher Hacked Planes In Flight

May 17, 2015 15:422 comments
An application for a search warrant filed in April by the FBI alleges that security researcher Chris Roberts tampered with the in flight entertainment system on a flight from Denver to Chicago in April -a charge Roberts denies.

In-brief: Did security researcher Chris Roberts attempt to tamper with in-flight systems during a United Airlines flight from Denver to Chicago in April? An FBI affidavit says “yes,” Roberts says “no way.”  Like this:Like Loading…

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VENOM Vulnerability Renews Shared Code Worries

May 15, 2015 11:070 comments
The recently disclosed VENOM vulnerability raises important questions about our reliance on shared (and vulnerable) code.

In-brief: The recently disclosed VENOM vulnerability dispels the myth that virtual machines are immune to cyber attacks, and raises important questions about our reliance on shared code. Like this:Like Loading…

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