Canon Responds To IP Camera Hacks

By: IPVM Team, Published on May 30, 2018

Canon cameras made international news earlier this month, with reports of them being hacked in Japan (e.g., Hackers disable scores of Canon-made security cameras across Japan and Dozens of Canon security cameras hacked in Japan, possibly because factory default passwords weren’t changed).

Canon has responded to IPVM's request for comment, saying:

In the Canon cameras released from 2016 and onwards there is no default password preset. Users are forced to set their own administrator name and password when they first access the camera. There is no known vulnerabilities being exploited as of today.

The practical problem is that Canon cameras released before 2016 still do allow default passwords. Canon explained that:

Canon will release the upgrade firmware in June for the models released in 2015. With the new firmware, after defaulting the camera, the users need to set their own admin name and password when first accessing the camera.

However, cameras before 2015, still do not have a software update:

For the older models, released in 2014 or earlier, including VB-S800D, the solution for the customer is now under investigation.

On the other hand, since the issue is default passwords and since the cameras were deployed many years ago, a software update is not necessary to fix as much as simply going in and changing the default password.

Last year, Hikvision experienced a similar issue, though at far greater scale: Hikvision Defaulted Devices Getting Hacked. Hikvision requires setting a strong password but there are large numbers of older, never updated devices that still use default passwords.

Axis Overtaking Canon In Surveillance

Since the 2015 acquisition of Axis by Canon, Axis has effectively taken over Canon's video surveillance outside of Japan (see Axis Takes Over Canon Surveillance Sales and Marketing). As such, new releases and overall Canon IP camera offerings have been relatively muted compared to Axis'.

Default Passwords Vs Backdoors

Default passwords differ from backdoors (like the Dahua backdoor of Hikvision IP camera backdoor) as the former rely on the user leaving the password default. By contrast, with backdoors, no matter how strong a password one sets, the backdoor allows admin access.

For more, see Directory of Video Surveillance Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities and Exploits.

Comments (20) : Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

China DVR/NVR Backdoor Discovered, Huawei Refutes on Feb 07, 2020
A backdoor was found in Chinese-produced DVRs and NVRs that secretly allowed access to the recorders. While it was first attributed to Huawei...
Dahua New Critical Vulnerability 2019 on Sep 23, 2019
Dahua has quietly admitted 5 new vulnerabilities including 1 critical vulnerability with a 9.8 / 10.0 CVSS score and 2 high vulnerabilities (scored...
Uniview OEM Directory on Sep 11, 2019
This directory lists 20+ companies that OEM products from Uniview, with a graphic and links to company websites below. It does not cover all...
ONVIF Exposure To "Devastating DDoS Attacks" Examined on Sep 06, 2019
ZDnet reported "Protocol used by 630,000 devices can be abused for devastating DDoS attacks", citing exposure of ONVIF devices. And after an...
Mobotix First CNPP CCTV Cybersecurity Certification Examined on Sep 05, 2019
Mobotix recently became the first video surveillance manufacturer to receive the CNPP cybsersecurity certification for its cameras, in which they...
Warning: Windows 7 Update Crashing NVRs on Aug 26, 2019
Windows 7 updates are causing VMS servers to fail to boot. After running the update, impacted systems do not boot as normal, instead display this...
Critical Vulnerability Across 18+ Network Switch Vendors: Cisco, Netgear, More on Aug 26, 2019
Cisco, Netgear and more than a dozen other brands, including small Asian ones, have been found to share the same critical vulnerability, discovered...
Dahua Wiretapping Vulnerability on Aug 02, 2019
IPVM has validated, with testing, and from Dahua, that many Dahua cameras have a wiretapping vulnerability. Even if the camera's audio has been...
LifeSafety Power NetLink Vulnerabilities And Problematic Response on May 20, 2019
'Power supplies' are not devices that many think about when considering vulnerabilities but as more and more devices go 'online', the risks for...
Security Fail: ASISNYC Auto Emails Passwords In Plain Text on May 14, 2019
ASIS NYC automatically emails a user with the password the user just entered, in plain text, when one registers for the site / event, as the...

Most Recent Industry Reports

LIVE NOW "Fever Camera" Show on Jun 02, 2020
IPVM is excited for the world's first "Fever Camera" show, to be held today Tuesday, June 2nd and Wednesday the 3rd from 11am to 4pm EDT, giving...
Smart Entry Systems Presents Cloud Multi-Tenant Access Control on Jun 02, 2020
Smart Entry Systems presented Cloud Multi-Tenant Access Control at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video...
Genetec Drops Support for Dahua and Hikvision on Jun 01, 2020
Genetec has dropped support for Dahua and Hikvision, citing US blacklisting and ONVIF conformance blockage, the company informed partners in an...
Dotty "Hot Or Not" Elevated Body Temperature App Tested on Jun 01, 2020
What if you could take an existing phone or tablet and transform it into "fever camera"? That is what DottyAR is doing with their strangely named...
Optris "Fever Screening Systems" Examined on Jun 01, 2020
German manufacturer Optris has been building temperature measuring instruments for industrial manufacturing for over 15 years, and thermal cameras...
Fever Camera Sales From Integrators Surveyed on Jun 01, 2020
Fever cameras are the hottest trend in video surveillance currently but how much are integrators selling them? 220 integrators answered the...
Proxy Presents Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access on May 29, 2020
Proxy presented Mobile Credentials For BLE Devices and Access at the May 2020 IPVM Startups show. Inside this report: A 30-minute video...
ISC West 2020 Moves To The Basement on May 29, 2020
The twice cancelled/postponed show will now not only be held in a different month (October) but on a different floor, moving down to the...
Integrators Avoiding Coronavirus Air Travel on May 29, 2020
IPVM asked integrators if air travel is part of their 2020 plans to see how significantly Coronavirus will impact future...
Viakoo Presents Cyber Hygiene for Cameras on May 28, 2020
Viakoo presented its 'Cyber Hygiene' and 'Service Assurance' products at the April 2020 IPVM New Products show. Inside this report: A...