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RE: Denial of service in KitchenAid blenders
From: "Larry Seltzer" <larry () larryseltzer com>
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 19:17:20 -0400

I've been reading about blended threats for years, but at last they've

Larry Seltzer
eWEEK.com Security Center Editor
larryseltzer () ziffdavis com 
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Subject: [Full-disclosure] Denial of service in KitchenAid blenders

Product : KitchenAid blenders
Date    : 10/10/2004
Author  : Frank Denis <j () pureftpd org>

   ------------------------[ Product description

  From the web site :

  KitchenAid offers the most powerful premium blenders available.
Oversized stainless steel blades allow it to crush ice at any speed.

  The most powerful premium blender available - features a strong motor
and unique blade design.

  One-piece blade assembly features oversized stainless steel blades on
four different planes for optimal blending.

  Durable base provides maximum stability during mixing.

  The electronic sensor automatically adjusts power to maintain a
consistent speed.

  40-oz. heavy-duty glass jar resists scratching and discoloration, and
all jars and lids are dishwasher safe.

  Home page : http://www.kitchenaid.com/

      ------------------------[ Vulnerability ]------------------------

  There's a race condition in KitchenAid blenders that can trigger a
denial of service.

  The device will require a physical shutdown in order to work again.

      ------------------------[ Implications ]------------------------

  The implications are numerous. Chefs can be extremely frustrated, thus
causing severe material and social damage.

         ------------------------[ Exploit ]------------------------
  Here's a reliable way to reproduce the race:
- Hit the power button ("I"),
- Hit the  "pulse" button.
- Hit a speed button,
- While keeping the speed button, push on the "pulse" button again.

  The device immediately goes in a strange state. LEDs are blinking and
buttons are no more functionnal until the power is off.

    ------------------------[ Affected versions
  In lab, the exploit successfully worked on a 5-speed KSB5ER mixer. Its
color was empire red and cold soup was previously inserted in the glass

  Other colors are likely to be affected as well. The silver "pro" model
may be affected as well.

       ------------------------[ Workarounds ]------------------------
  No workaround is known yet.
  Never give access to the device to untrusted users.

      ------------------------[ Vendor status ]------------------------
  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find any contact at KitchenAid's for
security flaws in mixer firmwares.

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