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.

IoT/Embedded Security

End of Bibblio RCM includes -->
11:05 AM
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner
News Analysis-Security Now

Microsoft Lights Up IoT 'Dark Matter'

Microsoft released tools and services to help developers secure the Internet of Things.

Microsoft sees the Internet of Things as a potential playground for attackers, and has introduced new tools and services designed to improve IoT security.

Some 9 billion IoT devices powered by microcontroller units (MCUs) come online annually, with an expected 20 billion total by 2020 and 80 billion by 2025, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) said at its Ignite customer and partner conference in Orlando, Fla. last week. Many of these devices aren't secured, either because it's too expensive for manufacturers to secure them, or because it previously wasn't thought worthwhile.

For an example of latter, consider the case of the Las Vegas casino that was successfully hacked through a fish tank thermometer. Reasonable people might think that there's no good reason to secure a fish tank thermometer, because the harm that an attacker can do is small -- just kill some fishes. However, in this case, the thermometer was network-connected, so attackers were able to use the thermometer as a foothold to get on the casino's enterprise systems and steal the casino's high-roller database, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft Ignite conference, Orlando, Fla., last week.
Microsoft Ignite conference, Orlando, Fla., last week.

Now entering its fifth year, the 2020 Vision Executive Summit is an exclusive meeting of global CSP executives focused on navigating the disruptive forces at work in telecom today. Join us in Lisbon on December 4-6 to meet with fellow experts as we define the future of next-gen communications and how to make it profitable.

"The MCU devices are the dark matter of the computing universe," Galen Hunt, Microsoft distinguished engineer and Azure Sphere partner group program manager, said in an interview. "They outnumber everything else ten to one and they haven't been connected until now."

For more about the potential threat of IoT devices, and Microsoft's latest steps to help developers secure against that threat, see our Light Reading article: Unknown Document 746431.

Related posts:

— Mitch Wagner Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn profile Visit me on Tumblr Follow me on Facebook Executive Editor, Light Reading

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Oldest First  |  Newest First  |  Threaded View
I Smell a RAT! New Cybersecurity Threats for the Crypto Industry
David Trepp, Partner, IT Assurance with accounting and advisory firm BPM LLP,  7/9/2021
Attacks on Kaseya Servers Led to Ransomware in Less Than 2 Hours
Robert Lemos, Contributing Writer,  7/7/2021
It's in the Game (but It Shouldn't Be)
Tal Memran, Cybersecurity Expert, CYE,  7/9/2021
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Improving Enterprise Cybersecurity With XDR
Enterprises are looking at eXtended Detection and Response technologies to improve their abilities to detect, and respond to, threats. While endpoint detection and response is not new to enterprise security, organizations have to improve network visibility, expand data collection and expand threat hunting capabilites if they want their XDR deployments to succeed. This issue of Tech Insights also includes: a market overview for XDR from Omdia, questions to ask before deploying XDR, and an XDR primer.
Flash Poll
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-27
HTTP::Daemon is a simple http server class written in perl. Versions prior to 6.15 are subject to a vulnerability which could potentially be exploited to gain privileged access to APIs or poison intermediate caches. It is uncertain how large the risks are, most Perl based applications are served on ...
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-27
GLPI is a Free Asset and IT Management Software package, Data center management, ITIL Service Desk, licenses tracking and software auditing. glpi-inventory-plugin is a plugin for GLPI to handle inventory management. In affected versions a SQL injection can be made using package deployment tasks. Thi...
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-27
LDAP Account Manager (LAM) is a webfrontend for managing entries (e.g. users, groups, DHCP settings) stored in an LDAP directory. In versions prior to 8.0 There are cases where LAM instantiates objects from arbitrary classes. An attacker can inject the first constructor argument. This can lead to co...
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-27
LDAP Account Manager (LAM) is a webfrontend for managing entries (e.g. users, groups, DHCP settings) stored in an LDAP directory. In versions prior to 8.0 the session files include the LDAP user name and password in clear text if the PHP OpenSSL extension is not installed or encryption is disabled b...
PUBLISHED: 2022-06-27
LDAP Account Manager (LAM) is a webfrontend for managing entries (e.g. users, groups, DHCP settings) stored in an LDAP directory. In versions prior to 8.0 incorrect regular expressions allow to upload PHP scripts to config/templates/pdf. This vulnerability could lead to a Remote Code Execution if th...