Security consultants warn that the devices we trust without a second thought are attackers' favorite targets.
Consultants with cyber security provider F-Secure have discovered several exploitable vulnerabilities in a popular wireless presentation system. Attackers can use the flaws to intercept and manipulate information during presentations, steal passwords and other confidential information, and install backdoors and other malware.
Barco's ClickShare wireless presentation system is a collaboration tool that helps groups of people present content from different devices. ClickShare is a market-leading wireless presentation system with a market share of 29% according to FutureSource Consulting's "Global wireless presentation solutions 2019" report.
F-Secure Consulting's Dmitry Janushkevich, a senior consultant that specializes in hardware security, says the popularity of these user-friendly tools make them logical targets for attack, which is what compelled his team to investigate.
"The system is so practical and easy to use, people can't see any reason to mistrust it. But its deceptive simplicity hides extremely complex inner workings, and this complexity makes security challenging," explains Janushkevich. "The everyday objects that people trust without a second thought make the best targets for attackers, and because these systems are so popular with companies, we decided to poke at it and see what we could learn."
Janushkevich and his F-Secure Consulting colleagues researched the...