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Trusting COTS - What's really in the box?
On Tue, 8 Jun 2004, Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote: > Several third party firmwares for the linksys wrt54g wireless AP + > "router" (which, of course, is owned by brand C) implement sshd using > dropbear. For example, the ones at sveasoft, and at h.vu.wifi-box.net How do you know what you get in the box is the same as what was shipped from the factory? Or was it just re-sealed and put back on the shelf with an altered configuration? http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/364977 If you buy your network equipment off Ebay, what are you really getting? Does it come with hitchhiking firmware pre-installed? The power of the Internet means the bad guys don't need to care who buys the tampered equipment, because it can "call home" and tell the bad guy where it ended up.