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Known Security Vulnerabilities Are a Hacker's Guide to an IoT Breach
The Internet of Things is a powerful trend, but its growth could be hindered by unpatched open-source vulnerabilities.
Known Security Vulnerabilities
Whether software code is proprietary or open-source, it harbors security vulnerabilities. Supporters of open-source argue that the accessibility and transparency of the code allow the "good guys"—corporate quality-assurance teams, white-hat hackers or open-source project groups—to find bugs faster.
Critics contend that more attackers than defenders examine the code, resulting in a net effect of higher incidents of vulnerability exploits. Fortunately, the open-source community rallies to address vulnerability issues. Once open-source vulnerabilities are discovered, they are quickly and publicly catalogued and patched.
Why Hackers Love Known Open-Source Security Vulnerabilities
Additionally, known security vulnerabilities are essentially a roadmap for hackers to explore and exploit security issues within various connected systems—operating systems, Web platforms, Web applications and client applications, among many others. The accessibility of the OSS community provides hackers with ready-made lists of security vulnerabilities that they can exploit if IoT OEMs and their third-party development teams have not patched the software.
In fact, the unpatched security vulnerability is the inflection point at which government and corporate software distribution and security teams are most at odds with the bad-actor hackers. This begs an important question: If known security vulnerabilities are the easiest exploit for hackers, why is it a challenge for the OEMs, ISVs, MSPs, and IT and security teams to hinder their attacks?
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