This is not the first mass firmware analysis. Last year, researchers from the Eurecom research center in France and Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany created a similar testing system and found 225 high-impact vulnerabilities in 46 firmware images for routers, DSL modems, VoIP phones, IP cameras and other devices.
Efforts like this highlight the poor state of security in the embedded device world, something that attackers have increasingly exploited in recent years.
Last week Asus settled an FTC complaint that it failed to take reasonable steps to secure its routers' firmware. The company agreed to establish and maintain a comprehensive security program subject to independent audits for the next 20 years. Hopefully, the case will serve as a wake up call for the whole industry.
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