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AllLinuxDevices: Editor's Note: Those Little Boxes Can Bite!

Sep 06, 2000, 20:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Though it was a quiet week in the embedded Linux world this past week, a trio of stories appeared on the wires that served to remind us that the sort of security challenges the Linux community has remained largely untouched by in desktop computing are lurking in the embedded world, too."

"Item: The New York Times reported that Bluetooth, the upcoming defacto standard in wireless consumer appliances, was found to have a hole that revealed communications between devices in the 'smart home' of the future might not be as secure as believed."

"...Two of these incidents, while having absolutely nothing to do with Linux, or even open source computing in general, are useful reminders that as our toys and appliances get smarter, we have to treat them as something other than the hermetically sealed and largely static devices consumer electronics have been to this point."

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