Articles about embedded systems

No big deal. You can defeat Kaspersky's ATM antivirus with a really fat executable

Flaws have been found and fixed in Kaspersky Lab's security software for cash machines and other embedded systems. Hackers can exploit the bugs to circumvent anti-malware defenses in ATMs. Although Kaspersky responded promptly to the discovery and developed and released a patch, one wonders how long it will take for the …
John Leyden, 13 Jul 2017
More flaws found in Java

Azul tackles Oracle with open-source Java for Internet of Stuff

Azul Systems has added a new, ultra-compact entry to its portfolio of alternative Java environments, taking a run at Oracle for the lucrative mobile, embedded, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Zulu Embedded is a stripped-down sibling of Zulu, Azul's certified, cross-platform build of OpenJDK – Oracle's open source …
Neil McAllister, 25 Mar 2015
Pushmi-Pullyu

BlackBerry's money-making QNX unit touts virty dual-OS devices

QNX Software Systems, the BlackBerry subsidiary that markets operating systems and tools for embedded systems, has released new virtualization software designed to allow device makers to deliver rich graphical UIs without sacrificing reliability or safety. QNX Hypervisor allows embedded devices to operate two OS instances at …
Neil McAllister, 18 Feb 2015
The Italian Job, 1969

Traffic light vulns leave doors wide open to Italian Job-style hacks

Hackers may be able to create traffic chaos, just like Michael Caine's loveable rogue in classic Brit film The Italian Job, thanks to an alarming series of flaws discovered in traffic control systems. Cesar Cerrudo, CTO at embedded security experts IOActive Labs, discovered that traffic control systems in cities around the …
John Leyden, 8 May 2014

Embedded systems vendors careless says Metasploit author

AusCERT 2013 One of the reasons we can't have nice things like a secure Internet is that vendors of consumer kit can't be bothered. That's the conclusion The Register reaches after listening to a presentation by HD Moore, author of Metasploit and now chief research officer at Rapid7, at the AusCERT 2013 security conference today. Moore …
Intel 386

Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

Linus Torvalds has announced the Linux kernel no longer supports Intel's 80386 processors. Reg readers will doubtless recall that the 386 debuted way back in 1985 and made something of a splash when the chip found its way into PCs made by Compaq before an IBM PC bearing the processor reached the market. 386s screamed along, …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Microsoft aims Windows Embedded 8 at $1.4 trillion market

With the much-ballyhooed launches of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 behind it, Microsoft has now announced its product road map for the less consumer-centric version of its OS platform: Windows Embedded. Targeting the so-called Internet of Things, Windows Embedded 8 will come packaged in a variety of flavors to suit the full …
Neil McAllister, 14 Nov 2012
The Register breaking news

Oracle offers tiny tools for pint-sized Java devices

Oracle has announced two new Java products for embedded systems, with the aim of getting the object-oriented language running on as wide a range of devices as possible, including ones with very limited resources. Tuesday's new addition to the database giant's Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME) lineup, Oracle Java ME …
Neil McAllister, 26 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Researchers forge secure kernel from maths proofs

Aussie boffins have developed an operating system micro-kernel mathematically established as free of many types of errors. The development points the road toward "safety-critical software of unprecedented levels of reliability" for applications such as aircraft and cars. The software - called the secure embedded L4 (seL4) …
John Leyden, 17 Aug 2009

Intel spends $884m to straddle Wind River

Intel is paying $884m for embedded software firm Wind River to pump up its efforts to push beyond its core PC markets. The chip giant is offering $11.50 a share for the firm - its shares were changing hands yesterday for $8. Wind River will become a subsidiary of Intel and continue selling embedded software. The idea is that …
John Oates, 4 Jun 2009
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HP printer hack risk prompts update

Users of HP LaserJet printers need to apply a firmware update following the discovery of a potentially troublesome vulnerability. The security bug creates a means for hackers to gain access to files sent to printers via the web administration console on vulnerable machines. A security advisory from HP explains various versions …
John Leyden, 9 Feb 2009

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