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Credit: Justin W. Clark
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After ignoring a serious security vulnerability in its product for at least a year, a Canadian company that makes equipment and software for critical industrial control systems announced quietly on Friday that it would eliminate a backdoor login account in its flagship operating system, following public disclosure and pressure.

Critics say the company should never have installed the backdoor, which was exposed last week by independent security researcher Justin W. Clarke, and has, as a result, exhibited no evidence of security awareness in its development process, raising questions about other problems its products may contain.

Article: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/04/ruggedcom-to-fix-vuln/



My take: What were they thinking leaving Telnet and SSH on by default? To go even worse a backdoor account? These devices would be a hackers Field day!

Kind of ironic their tagline is "Industrial Strength Networks™" eh? wink.gif
Edited by MediaRocker - 5/1/12 at 5:00am
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Interesting read thanks.

Reminds me of back in the early days of wifi when Unsecured was default.
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That Sola power supply on the left isn't cheap. I wonder what that bench setup is for?
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