June 21, 2008
Threat of an Embedded Security Disaster
Author: JT Smith
For many years, embedded systems have been quietly working behind the scenes of almost all modern technologies, from automobiles to factory floors to space exploration missions. Increasingly, these critical embedded systems are built from COTS software, and often incorporate standards-based network connectivity. Just as the early networked desktop PCs and servers were unprepared to address the new security implications of network connectivity, today's embedded systems present a significant new security concern, which must be addressed immediately and systematically.