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Seemed Like a Good Idea ...

June 24, 2014

When the designers of the Ducati Diavel motorcycle wanted to push the technology envelope, they opted for a keyless ignition, much like late model autos. As we've previously reported, automotive keyless ignition systems are vulnerable to attacks. So it shouldn't surprise us that the motorcycle is also susceptible to attacks. What did is the "how."

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Dangerous by Default – Embedded Devices and Their Invaders

June 24, 2014

Embedded devices are an integral part of everyday life, from where we work to where we live and play. It is well known that more traditional offline machines like printers, air conditioners, and security cameras are being connected to the Internet. On the business front, relying on IP-enabled devices helps to drive down costs in repairs while putting efficiency on the rise.

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The Always-Expanding Internet of Things -- Now Including Tombstones, Toilets

June 24, 2014

Embedded microprocessor technology is obviously ubiquitous in this day and age, with the immense popularity of portable devices like smartphones and tablets. But embedded chips aren't just for the usual suspects of high-tech gadgetry; an incredible amount of previously low-tech goods are now becoming part of the Internet of Things.

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Potential Vulnerability of SSL on Devices

June 24, 2014

Today, many embedded devices rely heavily on SSL encryption through the use of hard-coded keys located within the device's firmware. In this scenario, all devices running a given firmware version are using the same private SSL key, resulting in a potential security vulnerability that could put data at risk.

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Freescale Enhances MQX Security with Mocana's NanoSSL and NanoSSH

June 24, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 13, 2010 – Freescale Semiconductor announced today it is offering expanded security capabilities for its MQX™ real-time operating system (RTOS) by integrating source code versions of Mocana’s NanoSSL™ and NanoSSH™ software. Freescale customers can download and unlock special MQX-optimized versions of Mocana’s code for just $199 (USD) through Freescale and redistribute an unlimited number of binary copies in their own solutions, royalty-free.

Through this offering, embedded developers will have access to fully supported commercial cryptography solutions with instant online access to source-code versions of the NanoSSL and NanoSSH client software products. Integrated into Freescale’s Processor Expert configuration tool, NanoSSL and NanoSSH allow easy implementation and customization through embedded components and do not require crypto expertise on the part of the developer.

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