Samsung Smart TV Security Hole Exposes Remote Access with Root Admin Privileges

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News Posted: Wed, Dec 12 2012 2:52 PM
Smart TVs are intriguing pieces of technology that seem to foreshadow a future where our TVs and computers are one and the same. It seems that if nothing else, one of the things that computers and smart TVs--in particular, some of the ones made by Samsung--have in common is a vulnerability to hackers.

According to Threat Post, security researcher Luigi Auriemma has discovered a vulnerability in some Samsung smart TVs that allows one to remotely access the TV, nab files located on a USB flash drive connected to the TV, reconfigure the TV’s remote control, and even gain root access and load up malicious software.

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That’s about as vulnerable as a device can get.

It’s unsettling that even an app-based device like smart TV’s can be hacked so completely, but it’s a good thing that there are people like Auriemma find them. However, Auriemma and his company ReVuln don’t disclose vulnerabilities to vendors, which is unfortunate, but he did post a helpful video.

In any case, Auriemma’s best advice to consumers for avoiding this exploit is to disable the smart TV’s online functionality--which will seriously hamstring the device’s usefulness.
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Dorkstar replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 5:37 PM

Ultimate prank incoming!  

Isn't it ironic that they chose to name it "Smart TV" when in reality its not so smart after all?

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OSunday replied on Wed, Dec 12 2012 7:18 PM

I feel like now that this has been brought to light, Samsung should take a hint and higher this Auriemma guy to fix the vulnerabilities and keep testing for new ones. He was courteous enough to point there were vulnerabilities and I'm sure with the right incentive would show them how to fix it as well

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