We`ve noticed a couple articles lately mentioning printers as potential attack vectors. One is particularly disturbing in that not only is a network breach possible, as if that`s not bad enough, but cracked firmware could cause a printer to heat up enough to start a fire: http://redtape.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/11/29/9076395-exclusive-millions-of-printers-open-to-devastating-hack-attack-researchers-say .
An easy way to prevent attack vectors like these is to build in a secure firmware updater. Of course we think the embedded SSL solution wolfSSL is a perfect fit for this job. Several printer models already use wolfSSL to secure documents and resources on the network. We`d like to assist and provide tools to printer vendors (or any device vendor really) to protect the firmware, preventing attacks against data, property, and even lives. Let us know if you have any questions or comments or are interested in building/using tools for firmware protection.