Even Watching Movies With Subtitles Is Not Safe – Chuck Leaver

Written By Josh Harriman And Presented By Chuck Leaver Ziften CEO


Do you like enjoying motion pictures with trendy apps like VLC or Kodi on your devices or SmartTV? How about requiring or desiring subtitles with those motion pictures and just getting the current pack from OpenSubtitles. No problem, seems like an excellent evening in the house. Issue is, according to a research study by Check Point, you could be in for a nasty surprise.

For the hackers to take control of your ‘realm’, they require a vector or some method to gain entry to your system. There are some normal ways that takes place these days, such as smart (and not so clever) social engineering tricks. Getting e-mails that appear to come from friends or colleagues 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, just that you have some susceptible software running that can be accessed.

Given that the technique is getting users to cooperate, the target market can often be hard to find. However with this latest research study published, many of the significant media giants have a special vulnerability when it pertains to accessing and translating subtitle bundles. The 4 primary media giants noted in the post are fixed to date, however as we have actually seen in the past (simply look at the current SMB v1 vulnerability concern) even if a repair is readily available, does not indicate that users are upgrading. The research study has also omitted to show the technical details around the vulnerability to allow other vendors time to patch. That is a great sign and the proper method I think researchers should take. Inform the vendor so they can fix the concern in addition to announce it openly so ‘we the people’ are informed and understand what to keep an eye out for.

It’s difficult to keep up with the several methods you can get contaminated, but at least we have researchers who tirelessly try and ‘break’ things to find those vulnerabilities. By carrying out the appropriate disclosure techniques, they assist everybody delight in a safer experience with their devices, and in this scenario, an excellent night in watching films.

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