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Monday, October 19 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Lost in Translation: When Industrial Protocol Translation Goes Wrong

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Protocol gateways are embedded devices used in industrial facilities to integrate legacy equipment such as serial PLCs with modern control networks. Given the importance that these devices play in the operation of manufacturing plants, we conducted a vendor agnostic  analysis of the technology behind protocol translation, by identifying  new unexplored weaknesses and vulnerabilities. We evaluated five popular gateway products and discovered translation problems that enable potential adversaries to conduct stealthy and difficult-to-detect
attacks, for example to arbitrarily disable, or enable a targeted machinery by mean of innocent-looking packets that bypass common ICS firewalls. In this presentation, we share the results of our findings and discuss the impact to the problems that we identified and their potential countermeasures.

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Marco Balduzzi

Senior Research Scientist, Trend Micro
Dr. Marco Balduzzi is a team leader & principal researcher in computer & network security. Marco holds a Ph.D. in applied security from Télécom ParisTech and a M.Sc. in computer engineering from the University of Bergamo. His interests concern all aspects of computer security... Read More →

Monday October 19, 2020 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT