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Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Cameras Easily Exploitable 96

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An anonymous reader writes with some news that might make you think twice before getting a network-enabled camera. From the article: "Users' desire to share things online has influenced many markets, including the digital camera one. Newer cameras increasingly sport built-in Wi-Fi capabilities or allow users to add SD cards to achieve them in order to be able to upload and share photos and videos as soon as they take them. But, as proven by Daniel Mende and Pascal Turbing, security researchers with ERNW, these capabilities also have security flaws that can be easily exploited for turning these cameras into spying devices. The researchers chose to compromise Canon's EOS-1D X DSLR camera and exploit each of the four ways it can communicate with a network. Not only have they been able to hijack the information sent from the camera, but have also managed to gain complete control of it."
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Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Cameras Easily Exploitable

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  • Excellent! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ColdWetDog (752185) on Monday March 25, 2013 @10:00PM (#43278007) Homepage

    Now it should be simple to make a smartphone app to control the camera. Before, you had to get the API from the manufacturer, sign an NDA, often pay money and then pour through the poorly documented mess.

    Progress!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2013 @10:18PM (#43278105)
    An anonymous reader writes with some grammar that might make you think twice before thinking slashdot has editors. From the article:

    Newer cameras increasingly sport built-in Wi-Fi capabilities or allow users to add SD cards to achieve them in order to be able to upload and share photos and videos as soon as they take them.

    We can achieve cameras by adding SD cards? What?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2013 @10:22PM (#43278121)

    The build COST on a 1D-X is nearly $4000USD. Cutting corners in software was not high on the list.

  • by eksith (2776419) on Monday March 25, 2013 @10:24PM (#43278131) Homepage

    This trend of making all things that exist wireless can have pretty bad consequences if companies aren't held accountable for what they produce. I'm sorry, it's not hard. It just takes code correctness and some discipline to not take a route only cause it's easy. I'm not naive; I understand being first out of the gate matters, but making that a priority at the cost of some basic security is unacceptable.

    If the programmers aren't delivering on time or creating insecure code, then part of the problem may be management. As Scott Adams wrote today, Management exists to minimize the problems created by its own hiring mistakes [dilbert.com]. It's some kind of endmic disease that technical people are expected to push through a product quickly first, securely second.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 25, 2013 @10:25PM (#43278133)

    Interesting, but the article itself mentions a camera body that's meant for professionals who are handed contracts to deliver photos within a time frame following events. (most MAJOR sporting events the photos need to be uploaded from the camera back to a central repo within 4 hours of the event, so they can go to print for the following morning. )

    Saving a few minutes here and there is KEY to getting ahead in that industry.

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