Mouse Trap: Exploiting Firmware Updates in USB Peripherals

@inproceedings{Maskiewicz2014MouseTE,
  title={Mouse Trap: Exploiting Firmware Updates in USB Peripherals},
  author={Jacob Maskiewicz and Benjamin Ellis and James Mouradian and Hovav Shacham},
  booktitle={WOOT},
  year={2014}
}
Although many users are aware of the threats that malware pose, users are unaware that malware can infect peripheral devices. Many embedded devices support firmware update capabilities, yet they do not authenticate such updates; this allows adversaries to infect peripherals with malicious firmware. We present a case study of the Logitech G600 mouse, demonstrating attacks on networked systems which are also feasible against airgapped systems. If the target machine is air-gapped, we show that the… CONTINUE READING
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