Security Implications of Permission Models in Smart-Home Application Frameworks
By Lori Cameron
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Gone are the days of simple smart-home tech—alarms, controlled lights, and garage door openers. Today, for example, smart homes are capable of saving you money by monitoring and adjusting your use of water, electricity, and gas. Also, cameras, sensors, and door locks allow for greater security.
However, smart-home programming frameworks have a vulnerability: their third-party permission models. Unless the models are secure, hackers can manipulate smart devices, causing users great physical, financial, and psychological harm.
Researchers have studied and analyzed the permission models of four popular frameworks: IoTivity, HomeKit, AllJoyn, and SmartThings.
Lori Cameron is a Senior Writer for the IEEE Computer Society and currently writes regular features for Computer magazine, Computing Edge, and the Computing Now and Magazine Roundup websites. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on LinkedIn.