Spitballing IoT Security
Ronald F. Guilmette
rfg at tristatelogic.com
Thu Oct 27 01:01:49 UTC 2016
In message <58111BD4.80403 at vaxination.ca>,
Jean-Francois Mezei <jfmezei_nanog at vaxination.ca> wrote:
>My smart TV not only hasn't gotten updates in years, but Sharp has
>stopped selling TVs in Canada. (not sure if they still sell TVs elsewhere).
A little more than 2 years ago, I bought a last-of-its-kind demo
model of a 50 inch Panasonic Plasma TV which was on sale (due to
having been discontinued by the manufacturer) from the local BestBuy.
Not long after, once I got the thing home, I realized that the
thing's understanding of current local time... important in
conjunction with the on-screen TV guide... was locked to Eastern
Standard Time, and there was no way to change it. (This was/is
a bit of a problem for me, as I'm in PST/PDT.)
I called up Panasonic and explained the whole thing to a first-
level tech support minion. She had no solution to offer me.
I insisted on speaking to a manager.
A manager got on the line and I prroceeded to re-explain the whole
issue to him. I said that I needed a firmware fix. He said that
there was no way the company was going to develop a fix "just for
you". Politely, I persisted and said that the TV firmware was
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