Are IoT Firmware Vulnerabilities, Backdoors Intentional?

by Feb 27, 2018

Firmware vulnerabilities, backdoors, and more are explored with ReFirm Labs’ co-founder Terry Dunlap in this episode of the The CyberWire Daily Podcast. Jump to 5:00 in the podcast to hear the really good stuff!  

What Is Firmware?

Just like an operating system–OS X, Windows, Linux–runs your computer or laptop, firmware is a stripped down version of a much larger operating system typically designed to operate one piece of hardware for a very specific purpose.

A perfect example is the wireless router in your home. The router is a single purpose machine, or piece of hardware, you typically set up once and let it run. Your wireless router is running firmware.

 

Firmware Vulnerabilities: Backdoors into Your IoT Devices

Firmware can be hacked and embedded with malware. Hackers can manipulate firmware vulnerabilities to gain access through IoT devices. Since many IoT devices do not contain secure firmware, hackers and nation-state actors often gain access to networks, gather sensitive information, or conduct intellectual property theft.

 

Keep Up with Firmware Vulnerabilities to Reduce Risk

Companies that keep their IoT and firmware security up-to-date won’t have to worry about remote attacks and hackers gaining access to their networks through their IoT devices. But keep in mind… one overlooked IoT device could grant access to your network.

 

The CyberWire Podcast.

Check out the CyberWire Podcast episode below. Terry discusses vital aspects of IoT security, firmware vulnerabilities, and backdoors that can plague a company that doesn’t have the right safeguards in place for its IoT devices.

Check it out below!

   

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