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Abode Iota Home Security Vulnerabilities

Updated on 2022-10-27: Abode Systems home security kit could allow attacker to take over cameras, remotely disable them

Cisco Talos recently discovered several vulnerabilities in the Abode Systems iota All-In-One Security Kit. This kit includes a main security camera and hub that can alert users of unwanted movement in their homes. It also includes several motion sensors that can be attached to windows and doors. The devices communicate with the user via a website or app on their mobile device and can connect to smart hubs like Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Apple Homekit. The vulnerabilities Talos discovered could lead to a variety of conditions, including providing attackers with the ability to change users’ login passwords, inject code onto the device, manipulate sensitive device configurations, and cause the system to shut down. The devices contain several format string injection vulnerabilities in various functions of its software that could lead to memory corruption, information disclosure and a denial of service. An attacker could send a malicious XML payload to trigger these vulnerabilities. Read more:


Abode has made fixes available to address vulnerabilities in its Iota All-In-One Security Kit. Researchers from Cisco’s Talos Intelligence detected the flaws in July; Abode released fixes earlier this fall. One of the flaws, a critical authentication bypass vulnerability in the UDP service communications protocol, could be exploited to turn off security cameras.


  • There are a couple of authentication bypass flaws, a memory corruption vulnerability, and a code injection flaw. The good news is that updating to the latest version of the All-in-One Security kit fixes the flaws. Don’t wait on your round-to-it here, the flaw can be leveraged to take over items like your security cameras, which would be “bad.” Make sure that patches for security systems are up there with your patching of boundary protection devices in terms of priority and criticality.


Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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