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IoTSU 2016 : Internet of Things Software Update Workshop


When Jun 13, 2016 - Jun 14, 2016
Where Dublin, Ireland
Submission Deadline May 20, 2016
Notification Due May 23, 2016
Categories    IOT   software upgrade

Call For Papers

In his essay 'The Internet of Things Is Wildly Insecure And Often Unpatchable' [1] Schneier expressed concerns about the status of software/firmware updates for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. IoT devices, which have a reputation for being insecure at the time when they are manufactured, are often expected to stay active in the field for 10+ years and operate unattended with Internet connectivity.
Incorporating a software update mechanism to fix vulnerabilities, to update configuration settings as well as adding new functionality is recommended by security experts but there are challenges when using software updates, as the FTC staff report on Internet of Things - Privacy & Security in a Connected World [2] and the Article 29 Working Party Opinion 8/2014 on the on Recent Developments on the Internet of Things [3] express. Even providing such software update may provide challenges for constrained devices, as a buffer overflow vulnerability in the implementation of a software update protocol (TR69) [4] and an expired certificate in a hub device [5] demonstrated. On top of challenges there are various problems with privacy, lack of incentives to distribute software updates along the value chains, and questions about who should be able to update devices, and when, e.g. at or after the end-of-life of a product or component.
There are various (proprietary) software update mechanisms in use today and the details vary significantly, particularly depending on the envisioned use with IoT devices. More powerful IoT devices, such as those running general purpose operating systems (like embedded Linux), make use of sophisticated software update mechanisms known from the desktop and the mobile world. The focus of this workshop is, however, on more constrained embedded devices that run embedded OSs or potentially no operating system at all. These devices are typically not equipped with a memory management unit or similar concepts. Many of these devices also do not allow software packages to be downloaded to be run in a sandbox (such as a virtual machine) either.
We solicit contributions in the following areas:
Protocol mechanisms for distributing software updates.
Securing software updates.
Meta-data about software / firmware packages.
Implications of operating system and hardware design on the software update mechanisms.
Installation of software updates (in context of software and hardware security of IoT devices).
Privacy implications of software update mechanisms.
Seeking input on experience and state-of-the-art.
Implications of device ownership and control for software update.
Participation at the workshop is free of charge.

Important Dates

Position papers must be submitted by 20th May 2016 at the latest.
The program committee will review submitted position papers and send an invitation to the workshop to one of the paper authors. Invitations will be distributed by May 23rd, 2016 at the latest.
This workshop will be a day and a half, and take place on the 13th and 14th of June, 2016.

Position Paper Requirements

Interested parties must submit a brief document. We welcome papers that describe existing work, raise new requirements, highlight challenges, write-ups of implementation and deployment experience, lessons-learned from successful or failed attempts, and ideally a vision on how to improve interoperability of software update mechanisms. Contributions are not required to be original in content.
We solicit brief write-ups of one to three pages, formatted as HTML, PDF, or plain text (for example as a submitted Internet Draft).
We will publish accepted position papers (as well as meeting minutes, slides, and a workshop report). Please submit your position papers via EasyChair

The planned location for the workshop is at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. We will provide the full details of the meeting venue to the invited workshop participants. Due to the meeting room size constraints the number of participants will be limited to ~40 persons.
IPR Policy

The workshop will have no expectation of IPR disclosure or licensing related to its submissions.

Privacy Notice

You provide your name and your email address for the registration to this workshop. We use this information for planning purposes (such as finding rooms and ordering refreshments). We will also use this information to contact you about the location of the meeting venue, or other urgent and relevant notifications. Before the meeting minutes are publicly distributed, you will also receive a copy for review. We will share your contact details with the other workshop participants, if necessary, for example for post-workshop discussions. Your name and affiliation will be listed on the participant list contained in the workshop report.

Program Committee

This workshop is organized by:
Stephen Farrell, IETF Security Area Director, Trinity College Dublin
Arnar Birgisson, Google
Ned Smith, IPSO Identity and Security Committee Chair, Intel
Jari Arkko, IETF Chair, Ericsson
Carsten Bormann, IETF CORE WG Chair, IRTF T2TRG Chair, TZI University Bremen
Hannes Tschofenig, IETF ACE/OAuth Chair, ARM Ltd.


[1] Bruce Schneier, " The Internet of Things Is Wildly InsecureAnd Often Unpatchable", January 2014.
[2] FTC, " FTC Report on Internet of Things Urges Companies to Adopt Best Practices to Address Consumer Privacy and Security Risks ", January 2015.
[3] Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, " Opinion 8/2014 on the on Recent Developments on the Internet of Things ", September 2014.
[4] Lior Oppenheim and Shahar Tal, " Too Many Cooks - Exploiting the Internet-of-TR-069-Things ", December 2014.
[5] Brian Barrett, " Winks Outage Shows Us How Frustrating Smart Homes Could Be ", April 2014.

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