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Hacking Linksys IP Cameras

Hacking Linksys IP Cameras

During the easter break, I was playing with my my wireless Linksys IP camera which, although I bought several months ago, I hadnt taken my time to give the attention this beauty deserves until now! 🙂

The model in particular is the WVC54GCA, which I would say is one of the most affordable Wi-Fi IP cameras out there (about GBP 80 in the UK), making it a great toy to tinker with. I found the camera to be quite good functionalities-wise, although Ive experienced availability problems with it. It seems the camera freezes every once in a while. Well, this is true at least when you heavily customized its configuration which is what Ive ultimately done after playing so much with it.

Ive loved playing with embedded devices for a while, and as a security researcher I find it quite an interesting topic as many de facto security principles that are usually (attempted to be) followed when designing other types of systems are not often applied to embedded devices. This, I believe is due to lack of limitations in hardware resources, and lack of awareness on consequences of getting a miscellaneous device compromised. i.e.: who cares if my IP camera gets owned?


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