Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

New Service Certifies Security Of Printers, Copiers, Other Networked Devices

ICSA offers security testing, assessment of nonmainstream devices, such as surveillance cameras and digital signs

If a toaster can be hacked, then there ought to be a way for toaster manufacturers -- and the enterprises that use them -- to find out whether their toasters are safe to use.

This simple idea is behind a pair of security certification and assessment services launched today by ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon Business. The new services are designed to test the security of nonmainstream networked devices, such as printers, copiers, faxes, security cameras, and point-of-sale systems.

ICSA Labs is offering a vendor certification program and comprehensive enterprise assessment service that are designed to test the security of devices that connect directly to a network, but are not part of the network infrastructure itself. This list includes ATM machines, digital signs, proximity readers, and facility management systems for power, lighting, and HVAC systems, ICSA says.

Numerous proofs-of-concept have been demonstrated on nonmainstream devices at various conferences during the years. This year's Black Hat conference, for example, featured a demonstration of hacks on networked parking meters, while previous years' conferences included hacks of toasters, soda machines, and even medical implants.

"There is a growing base of networked devices out there, everything from those multifunction devices that do printing, faxing, and scanning to specialized devices that are used in specific industries," says George Japak, managing director at ICSA Labs. "Any one of these could potentially be a threat to your network, or a vulnerability in one of these devices could cause you to fall out of compliance with standards like PCI or HIPAA."

ICSA Labs is offering Network Attached Peripheral Security (NAPS) certification, which helps manufacturers identify and remediate existing and potential vulnerabilities in their networked devices. The second new offering, NAPS assessment, helps enterprises determine through a one-time evaluation whether network-attached devices are installed securely and protected from exploitation.

A new white paper from ICSA Labs, Living on the Edge" (PDF), examines network-attached peripherals and the security risks they pose.

"This will be an even greater issue down the road, as companies deal not only with older networked devices, such as printers and copiers, but with next-generation technology that takes advantage of wireless and remote networks," Japak says.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message. Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Attackers Leave Stolen Credentials Searchable on Google
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/21/2021
How to Better Secure Your Microsoft 365 Environment
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  1/25/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win an Amazon Gift Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: We need more votes, check the obituaries.
Current Issue
2020: The Year in Security
Download this Tech Digest for a look at the biggest security stories that - so far - have shaped a very strange and stressful year.
Flash Poll
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
Assessing Cybersecurity Risk in Today's Enterprises
COVID-19 has created a new IT paradigm in the enterprise -- and a new level of cybersecurity risk. This report offers a look at how enterprises are assessing and managing cyber-risk under the new normal.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2021-3317
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-26
KLog Server through 2.4.1 allows authenticated command injection. async.php calls shell_exec() on the original value of the source parameter.
CVE-2013-2512
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-26
The ftpd gem 0.2.1 for Ruby allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary OS commands via shell metacharacters in a LIST or NLST command argument within FTP protocol traffic.
CVE-2021-3165
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-26
SmartAgent 3.1.0 allows a ViewOnly attacker to create a SuperUser account via the /#/CampaignManager/users URI.
CVE-2021-1070
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-26
NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Series, Jetson Xavier NX, TX1, TX2, Nano and Nano 2GB, L4T versions prior to 32.5, contains a vulnerability in the apply_binaries.sh script used to install NVIDIA components into the root file system image, in which improper access control is applied, which may lead to an un...
CVE-2021-1071
PUBLISHED: 2021-01-26
NVIDIA Tegra kernel in Jetson AGX Xavier Series, Jetson Xavier NX, TX1, TX2, Nano and Nano 2GB, all L4T versions prior to r32.5, contains a vulnerability in the INA3221 driver in which improper access control may lead to unauthorized users gaining access to system power usage data, which may lead to...