It was three guys locked in a computer room with two simulated home cable connections running IP TV. We sat around for days and -- I'm not making this up -- looking at porn on one television and Disney on the other. The Disney channel turned out to be more watchable over time -- porn gets monotonous.
Anyway, using the excellent open source utility Nikto, I located a Web server running on a high-range port on the set-top box. Nikto found a few handfuls of possible Web server vulnerabilities, but each turned out to be a false positive. Still, I had zeroed in on a Web server, and Nikto correctly identified the brand.
With those two vulnerabilities, we not only owned the box, but ended up taking root of the entire cable system. It was an awesome day and week -- perhaps the most fun I've ever had professionally. Pen testing is always fun. But cracking your main target while pirating porn with your buddies and taking over the whole company? Priceless.
The future of Web-connected TV is going to be just like today's world. We'll have global malware takeovers, constant patching of our TVs, DoS attacks, and all the other ugly stuff that comes with our always-connected world. In my line of work, job security is guaranteed.
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