Wrongly Accused Critical Vulnerability for Vivotek

Author: Brian Karas, Published on Jul 13, 2017

Vulnerabilities are an increasing branding and business problem for video surveillance manufacturers. However, sometimes vulnerabilities reported are not as critical as the reports claim.

Vivotek was recently faced with one but the vulnerability was meaningfully overstated. IPVM discussed this with the researcher who initially reported them and Vivotek, providing a more accurate assessment of the risks inside this report.

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