Thursday, February 22, 2024

Video Surveillance Camera Flaw Allows Attackers to Change Passwords & Alarms

Pablo Martínez, a member of the Red Team at cybersecurity firm Entelgy Innotec Security, has uncovered significant vulnerabilities in low-cost video surveillance cameras available for purchase on popular online platforms. 

His findings shed light on serious security concerns surrounding these budget-friendly devices.

Martínez’s investigation revealed a critical vulnerability that allows users to reset their passwords while bypassing essential security checks. 

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This flaw opens the door for unauthorized individuals to change the camera’s password, gain access to admin-level privileges, disable alarms, delete stored images, and even view the camera’s live stream. 

The vulnerability is associated with a QR Captcha that users scan through a mobile app to confirm their password recovery, making it a crucial entry point for attackers.

To formalize the existence of this vulnerability, Pablo Martínez has registered it as a CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures), a widely recognized resource certifying its presence. 

CVEs are maintained by Mitre and serve as a way to inform manufacturers about vulnerabilities while listing them publicly with unique identifiers.

In addition to the password-related vulnerability, Martínez discovered that the examined camera, originating from China, was transmitting data to servers located in China. 

This discovery raises concerns about data security and privacy implications for users of these affordable surveillance devices.

Martínez’s primary goal is to raise awareness about the potential risks associated with low-quality electronic products and IoT hardware. In his recent research, he demonstrated that it took less than half an hour to identify multiple security flaws in the device he tested.

Pablo Martínez’s findings serve as a stark reminder of the importance of scrutinizing the security of IoT devices and electronic products, even those available at lower costs, to safeguard users’ privacy and data integrity.

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