.. content creators (a.k.a. Hollywood)
I don't think this is / will be specifically aimed at Hollywood (we Australian's do have a small film industry).. I think that was just a rabble-rousing association made by someone who wants to whip up opposition.
That you're a content creator who wants his work protected and you oppose it because of an implication it's for Hollywood shows how effective this tactic is.
FYI I am also a content creator (software dev), but since I write business software that isn't distributed and my personal software is open-source, I do appreciate the benefits of the status-quot (though the proposal isn't particularly hard-line anyway), I don't have strong views on this. I just wouldn't get too foamy at the mouth about an implied association.
Anyway I'm not saying this isn't a security hole that needs to be fixed, but that the idea that this shows the need for increased regulation is nonsense.
- This bug is only exploitable if you enable WAN administration
- All internet traffic involving money / confidential data should be (and pretty much always is) encrypted
- If you are sending important unencrypted data over the wire you can just listen to the wire
- Do you really want to pay for the routers you buy to go through a bureaucratic process to establish whether the software (including third party software) has been thoroughly tested? Should that include the component parts like the processors, thttpd, linux? What would that legislation look like? How would it be enforced for overseas companies?
You'd probably get equally indignant if such legislation actually passed based on your knee-jerk reaction and US router prices shot up. ("But what about the starving family with only $100 budgeted for their router?")
You should definitely be feeling pretty smug.
Really though if you don't know whether third party software embedded in a few of your huge range of products contains a hidden backdoor when a rarely used feature is activated what kind of CEO are you?
If you have a serious amount of money riding on your $100 modem/router/wifi being secure from within your own network then no amount of legislation is going to help you.
First step on the Moon was a gravely important mission, but it was easy for Neil Armstrong to do it...
Great point. You win.