IoT device developers ‘can protect’ VxWorks-based designs, sensors and solutions against cyber attack
Two recent announcements have focused attention on the security of IoT and connected devices, running versions of Wind River’s VxWorks, the most popular embedded operating system used in the world.
According to Wind River, VxWorks Version 7 is not susceptible to the RCE vulnerability and there are patches for some older versions of VxWorks.
However, there may be millions more devices running older versions of VxWorks that may be vulnerable.
According to Alan Grau, president of Icon Labs, “Our Floodgate Security Framework, for use with VxWorks and many other RTOSs, can block attacks attempting to exploit these vulnerabilities. In addition, our strategy of connection to a management system, such as Intel Security’s ePolicy Orchestrator, can notify customers of attacks and allow the customer to “instantly” change the security policies to block these attacks. Developers can design in security today, and prepare for new attacks in the future by using this flexible approach.”
Icon Labs’ products provide embedded security for IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions such as aerospace, military and space probes, industrial and medical control devices, medical systems, and consumer electronics products.
The Floodgate Security Framework reportedly provides a ‘defense in depth’ solution that protects control units and endpoint devices from cyber threats, aids in compliance with regulatory mandates and guidelines, and gathers and reports command, event and device status information for audit requirements.