Charles Leaver – Who Would Have Thought That Watching A Movie With Subtitles On Your Device Would Be A Security Risk?

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO


Do you like seeing motion pictures with trendy apps like VLC or Kodi on your devices or SmartTV? How about requiring or wanting subtitles with those films and simply getting the latest pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, seems like an excellent night at home. Problem is, in accordance with a research study by Check Point, there could be a nasty surprise waiting for you.

For the hackers to take control of your ‘world’, they require a vector or some method to acquire entry to your system. There are some typical ways that takes place nowadays, such as creative (and not so creative) social engineering techniques. Getting e-mails that appear to come from buddies or co-workers which were spoofed and you opened an attachment, or went to some site and if the stars lined up, you were pwned. Normally the star alignment part is not that difficult, only that you have some vulnerable software application running that can be accessed.

Since the trick is getting users to cooperate, the target audience can sometimes be tough to find. However with this most current research posted, several of the significant media players have an unique vulnerability when it concerns accessing and decoding subtitle plans. The 4 main media giants noted in the post are fixed to date, but as we have seen in the past (simply take a look at the current SMB v1 vulnerability concern) even if a repair is offered, doesn’t suggest that users are updating. The research has likewise omitted to reveal the technical information around the vulnerability as to enable other vendors time to patch. That is a great sign and the correct approach I believe researchers ought to take. Notify the supplier so they can fix the problem in addition to announce it publicly so ‘we the people’ are notified and know exactly what to look out for.

It’s tough to stay up to date with the several ways you can get contaminated, but at least we have researchers who tirelessly attempt to ‘break’ things to find those vulnerabilities. By carrying out the proper disclosure approaches, they help everyone delight in a much safer experience with their devices, and in this case, an excellent night in watching films.

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