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1May/15

Can We Secure the ‘Internet of Other People’s Things’?

http://www.eweek.com/security/can-we-secure-the-internet-of-other-peoples-things.html

I think that title expresses the problem very well.

There are a few generalizations and 'skating on thin ice' in the article, never the less. Linux itself is not a lightweight OS, though there are stripped down and altered versions, such as Android. Other competing RTOS exist. Some like QNX are much more suited to small embedded devices that don't have a GPU/GUI and comprehensive set of commands/applications.

The reality is that the inherent model of Linux is NOT real-time, it cannot guarantee a real time response that many embedded systems such as TVs and some classes of network devices demand, especially in a small controller, limited CPU, limited memory configuration.

But yes, the Internet has already shown the problems lie with "Other People".

 

Posted by Anton Aylward

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