Although attacking embedded devices is not a new idea, little work has been done on using these devices for attack. Here I present work on the insertion of custom code into a network switch in order to carry out attacks on a network. The use of embedded devices present on a network as a vector for attacks against endstations is a threat that has not yet been realized, despite the knowledge of a number of vulnerabilities affecting such devices. This is probably due to the resistance of such devices to reverse engineering: they frequently run custom operating systems on obscure architectures.
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