IoT roundup: Apple Watch Patches, Router Vulnerabilities

Published: 2015-05-19
Last Updated: 2015-05-19 20:45:08 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Yes, there is a security patch for the Apple Watch now. It fixes 13 different vulnerabilities. At least one of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-1093) can be used to execute arbitrary code. But not all of the vulnerabilities are "cutting edge". We also got an ICMP redirect issue (CVE-2015-1103) and of course SSL issues that are addressed by disabling old ciphers (FREAK vulnerability) and updating the list of trusted CAs.

The Internet of Things certainly does get a lot of attention this year, and I think rightfully so. I consider web gateways/routers a prime example, and just to make that point, here the top 10 attacks against our web application honeypot:

  25700  GET / HTTP/1.1\r\n
  10596  GET http
   9059  GET /cgi-bin/authLogin.cgi HTTP/1.1\n  <- QNAP shellshock issue
   6771  GET /phpMyAdmin/scripts/setup.php HTTP/1.1\r\n
   6638  GET /pma/scripts/setup.php HTTP/1.1\r\n
   6511  GET /myadmin/scripts/setup.php HTTP/1.1\r\n
   4297  GET /manager/html HTTP/1.1\r\n
   3939  GET /manager/html/ HTTP/1.1\r\n
   3672  GET /tmUnblock.cgi HTTP/1.1\r\n <- Linksys Routers (see "Moon Worm")
   2820  GET /pony/includes/templates/error.tpl HTTP/1.1\r\n

Two of our top ten URLs are attacking exclusively devices. So better make sure you are patched as well as it gets, and try to avoid exposing the admin interface to the public.

Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.

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