What could go wrong? Rooting Google's Nest

Subject: General Tech | June 25, 2014 - 01:07 PM |
Tagged: google, nest

If you have been holding off on purchasing Google's Nest thermostat because you didn't like the app that controls it or just were not overly interested in a thermostat that trys to learn your schedule; would you be more interested if you could root it?  All it takes is physical access to the thermostat and a minute with it plugged into a USB port on a computer.  Not only will this give you complete control over the hardware inside, you can also install an SSH server with a reverse SSH connection to bypass firewalls.  It will be interesting to see how these rooted Nest's can interact with other pieces of hardware released by Google with the "Works with Nest" branding.  Check out how to do this for yourself at Hack a Day.

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"A few months ago, Google bought a $3.2 billion dollar thermostat in the hopes it would pave the way for smart devices in every home. The Nest thermostat itself is actually pretty cool – it’s running Linux with a reasonably capable CPU, and adds WiFi to the mix for some potentially cool applications. It can also be rooted in under a minute."

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June 25, 2014 | 07:29 PM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

"Why is it so hot in here?"

"Because my thermostat is mining bitcoins."

June 26, 2014 | 02:18 PM - Posted by razor512

If this can be done in a secure fashion, and allow for full control of he device, then this can make the device more useful and ensure future reliability. With the stock software, the biggest risk is that it nprelies on a 3rd party server to cntro it.this allows the company to change policies, e.g., restrict functions and introduce a monthy'or yeary paid tier which brings those features back, or go out of business and kill the servers, or simply stop supporting older modes the same way Microsoft dropped support for the original Xbox.

If it can be rooted for direct connections, then it can be useful. Only issue is that it is not currently done in a secure fashion, and that will open the device up to attack, meaning someone with enough time can infest your thermostat with something to perform arp poisoning, or side jacking attacks on your network.

June 26, 2014 | 10:44 PM - Posted by Mark_GB

Can't wait for the day when all these smart devices look at all of us and just say "No!".

Then what are we going to do??

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