Archive for August, 2017

Internet of Things, Extra Insecurity Edition

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 by The Director

An Internet of Things software update renders things even more insecure by making door locks work incorrectly:

The failure occurred last Monday when LockState mistakenly sent some 6i lock models a firmware update developed for 7i locks. The update left earlier 6i models unable to be locked and no longer able to receive over-the-air updates. LockState Marketing Manager John Cargile told Ars that the failure hit about 500 locks. The company is offering affected customers one of two options: (1) return the back portion of the lock to LockState so the firmware can be updated, with a turnaround time of about five to seven days, or (2) request a replacement interior lock, with a turnaround time of about 14 to 18 days. In the meantime, customers can use a physical key to unlock doors. (Like most hotel rooms, the doors automatically lock each time they’re closed.)

I haven’t really tested any IoT things yet, and sometimes I wonder if anyone has.


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