Embedded Passwords: Dangerous by Default


The security community was horrified when it learned about Stuxnet, the worm designed to eat into industrial control systems, or SCADA systems, that was purportedly targeted at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Not only was the worm highly sophisticated, but it also targeted a SCADA system from Siemens whose embedded password was well known. Hard-coded passwords and embedded credentials are extremely pervasive, being found in everything from embedded systems such as printers, mobile and wireless devices, to databases to major applications.

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