Chuck Leaver – Even Movie Subtitles Can Be A Threat To Your Security

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO

 

Do you like viewing motion pictures with all the rage apps like Kodi, SmartTV or VLC on your devices? How about requiring or desiring subtitles with those movies and simply getting the current pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, seems like a great night in the house. Problem is, in accordance with a research study by Check Point, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

For the bad guys to take control of your ‘realm’, they require a vector or some method to gain entry to your system. There are some common methods that takes place these days, such as creative (and not so smart) social engineering techniques. Getting e-mails that appear to come from good friends 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. Usually the star alignment part is not that difficult, only that you have some vulnerable software running that can be accessed.

Since the technique is getting users to cooperate, the target audience can often be tough to find. But with this latest research posted, many of the significant media players have a special vulnerability when it comes to accessing and deciphering subtitle plans. The 4 primary media players noted in the short article are fixed to date, but as we have actually seen in the past (just look at the current SMB v1 vulnerability problem) even if a fix is readily available, does not indicate that users are updating. The research study has likewise omitted to reveal the technical information around the exploit to permit other suppliers time to patch. That is a good indication and the proper technique I believe scientists must take. Notify the vendor so they can repair the problem in addition to announce it openly so ‘we the people’ are notified and understand exactly what to watch out for.

It’s difficult to stay up to date with the multiple methods you can get infected, but at least we have scientists who tirelessly try and ‘break’ things to find those vulnerabilities. By performing the proper disclosure methods, they help everyone take pleasure in a more secure experience with their devices, and in this scenario, a terrific night in viewing motion pictures.

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