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Urgent11 security flaws impact routers, printers, SCADA, and many IoT devices

July 29, 2019 / CATALIN CIMPANU

Security researchers have disclosed details today about 11 vulnerabilities known collectively as "Urgent11" that impact a wide range of devices, from routers to medical systems, and from printers to industrial equipment. The vulnerabilities affect VxWorks, a real-time operating system created by Wind River.Real-time operating systems (RTOSes) are simple pieces of software with very few features that are deployed on chipsets with access to a limited amount of resources, such as the chipsets used in modern Internet of Things (IoT) devices -- where the chipsets only need to manage input/output operations, with little data processing and no need for a visual interface.