Tag: software

Huge Survey of Firmware Finds No Security Gains in 15 Years

A survey of more than 6,000 firmware images spanning more than a decade finds no improvement in firmware security and lax security standards for the software running connected devices by Linksys, NETGEAR and other major vendors.

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Critical Flaws in VxWorks affect 200 Million Connected Things

Serious and exploitable security flaws in VxWorks, a commonly used operating system for embedded devices, span 13 years and could leave hundreds of millions* of connected devices vulnerable to remote cyber attacks and hacks. The security firm Armis on Monday published a warning about 11 critical, zero day vulnerabilities in the VxWorks operating system, which is owned and managed by the firm Wind River. The vulnerabilities expose more than 200 million devices and could allow attackers to remotely take control of everything from networked printers and security appliances to industrial and medical devices, according to Ben Seri, the Vice President of Research at Armis. Move over, EternalBlue! At least a couple of the flaws were described as “more serious” than EternalBlue, the Microsoft Windows flaw that powered both the WannaCry and NotPetya malware outbreaks. SCADA and industrial control system devices, healthcare devices like patient monitors and MRI machines, as well […]

Researcher warns DevOps Security is Back to the Future

The deployment of DevOps tools and platforms at many organizations recalls the bad old days of the 1990s, with lax control of authentication, loose configuration and scant attention to security, experts warn.

Opinion: We need a way to talk about Cyber Physical Risk

How does a flaw potentially affecting the integrity of printer management application get a “critical” severity rating and one affecting the integrity and operation of anesthesia machines get a “moderate” severity rating? It has to do with our evolving and still immature system of rating (and therefore thinking about) cyber risk.

Breathe Deeply: DHS warns of Flaw in Hospital Anesthesia Machines

GE learned of a serious vulnerability affecting two brands of anesthesia machines in October. The company on Tuesday advised customers to take steps to protect them from being remotely tampered with.