IoT security, AR, and VR

[…]On the subject of supply and demand leading to security issues, Ben Smith, CEO of Laduma, stated, “As new developments are rushed to market in order to gain a lead on competitors, there is a risk that mistakes are being made.” Because of the massive popularity that Virtual and Augmented Reality has gained in the last few years, companies were forced to either put out products that were not necessarily secure or forego their inclusion in the massive VR market of 2016. However, it is no surprise that the connection of multiple insecure devices on a network creates a perfect entry for hackers to retrieve the massive amounts of data which Virtual Reality platforms both receive from the users themselves as well as collect without necessary consent for marketing purposes. In fact, Tata Communication’s Srinivasan CR once stated on the subject, “Every device connecting into a network is a potential vulnerability which can be used to infiltrate the network itself and other devices connected to it.”[…]



Mozilla Corporation abandons IoT project

As expected, Mozilla has canceled their IoT project:

“This experiment has concluded.”


No press on the Mozilla press site in months, however:




OWASP IoT firmware guidance

I just noticed that the OWASP project, the Open source Web App Security Project, has an IoT project, and that project has a Firmware Analysis Project

“The Firmware Analysis Project is intended to provide security testing guidance for the IoT Attack Surface ‘Device Firmware'”.

Nothing specific to UEFI, coreboot, ACPI, SMM, etc. They are using the embedded OS definition of firmware.



ELC videos online

The Open IoT Summit was co-located at the Embedded Linux Conference, and their videos are online:

Ten dozen Embedded Linux Conference and IoT Summit videos



Matthew and James on IoT security

Matthew Garret and James Bottomley have two blog posts out on IoT security.

I have nearly given up on IoT security, there is so much new IoT vulnerabilities in the news each day. 😦


Home Automation: Coping with Insecurity in the IoT


Senrio: JTAG explained

Senrio has a nice blog post on JTAG usage on consumer IoT devices:

JTAG Explained (finally!): Why “IoT”, Software Security Engineers, and Manufacturers Should Care: Imagine you are handed this device and asked to get root on it as quickly as possible. No further information is given. Where would you begin?  (If you just want to see the router get rooted, jump down to “Mounting an Attack: Rooting a Home Router” 😉 Our target: A VERY common/popular consumer Access Point. Since you have the device in your hands, you might try directly attacking the hardware. However, if you’ve never done any kind of hardware hacking, getting started can be intimidating. In this post, we are going to talk about the fundamental information you need to know to use JTAG for hacking hardware. We’ll also go over a quick example to illustrate the power of direct hardware access. […]