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Re: [Full-disclosure] Hackery Channel 01-09-01-LOLZ: Cat Spoofing against Flow Control

From: Charles Morris <charlesmorris_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Jan 30 2009 - 16:57:40 GMT
To: hack ery <hackery.channel@gmail.com>


On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 6:04 PM, hack ery <hackery.channel@gmail.com> wrote:
> Security Risk: High
> Exploitable: Local
> Vulnerability: Arbitrary Flow Control Control, Cat Spoofing
> Discovered by: The Hackery Channel
> Tested: No
>
> The Flow Control project is an access control project for a cat. It
> consists of a cat door, an electromagnetic latch, a access control device,
> and image recognition software that allows Flow to enter the house, and only
> when she is not carrying prey. When Flow is within proximity of the door,
> she passes through a light that casts a shadow on an area monitored by a
> camera. If the silouhette, appears to be Flow without prey, access is
> granted.
>
> Cat Spoofing: An attacker could potentially gain access by posing as a
> kitty by placing a cut out of the kitty next to the light.
>
> Mitigation: None.
> Work around: Guard dog
> Vendor Notified: No
> Vendor Site: http://www.quantumpicture.com/Flo_Control/flo_control.htm
>
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The solution of course would be to clone the system and take a vertical image, creating a decent 3-D map of the Cat attempt. What about two-factor authentication? I'm thinking a mass spectrometer reading in combination with the facial recognition. That could detect a Cat spoofing and/or brute-force attack with a bust or cardboard cut-outs. With any biometric authentication it's going to be expensive and have all kinds of bugs and quirks... just teach him a password.. sheesh. -- Charles Morris cmorris@cs.odu.edu, cmorris@occs.odu.edu Network Security Administrator, Software Developer Office of Computing and Communications Services, CS Systems Group Old Dominion University http://www.cs.odu.edu/~cmorris _______________________________________________ Full-Disclosure - We believe in it. Charter: http://lists.grok.org.uk/full-disclosure-charter.html Hosted and sponsored by Secunia - http://secunia.com/