33 types of Canon cameras can easily be infected with ransomware

A few months ago a cybersecurity report revealed that at least 33 Canon cameras were exposed to the exploitation of some critical security vulnerabilities via WiFi or USB, which could lead to ransomware infections, compromising the files stored in the device’s memory.

Shortly after the release of the report it was confirmed that the issue (a vulnerability in a standard communication protocol) could also affect other companies’ products. Nearly half a year later, Canon mentions that 30 of its vulnerable cameras have already been completely corrected, although the flaw still persists on three popular models: Canon EOS R, Canon EOS RP and Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II.

Full list of exposed cameras
SOURCE: Check Point

The report was presented by cybersecurity firm
Check Point, including a proof-of-concept showing how to infect a camera (Canon
EOS 80D) with encryption malware with relative ease by abusing some security
holes in the Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), a standard used in cameras and

This is a standardized protocol and is present
in the models of many other camera manufacturers, so the scope of the
vulnerability has not yet been accurately determined. In the report, Eyal
Itkin, Check Point’s cybersecurity researcher mentions: “We focus on Canon
because of its predominant character in the market, however, it is necessary to
mention that this protocol is present in virtually all cameras digital

When the first report was published, Canon
emphasized the fact that there were no known cases of exploitation of these
failures in real-world scenarios. However, the International Institute of Cyber
Security (IICS) points to the long time it took the company to release updates
as a new risk factor for users. Firmware
updates are now available (except for the three models mentioned above). Users
should update as soon as possible to mitigate any risk. It should be remembered
that this is a security issue inherent to most camera manufacturers, so users
of other companies should consult with the manufacturer about safety risks and
protective measures. 

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