Researcher: hack communications aircraft




A security researcher claims that satellite communications systems can be hacked, possibly through inflight entertainment systems and wifi on board in aircraft. The makers of the systems themselves have downplayed the findings.

Airplane Security Researcher Ruben Santamarta IOActive allows this to Reuters. One of the vulnerabilities is that the hardcoded passwords stored in the firmware in one system and can not be changed. Santa Marta is doing its findings later this week at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas explained.

In theory, an attacker would in that way be able to manipulate, which may also affect the navigation and safety systems. Implications satellite links The Cobham, company whose 700th Aviation communication system would be vulnerable, puts the findings of Santa Marta; although the system would indeed be vulnerable, there would be physical access to the device needed to exploit the vulnerabilities. According to Cobham is to disable the satellite link the worst thing that can happen.

The developer would have come through the reverse engineering of communication systems from multiple manufacturers his conclusions. He notes that he has not tested his research in practice and that it may be appropriate to do in the real world. Research are difficult Nevertheless, he argues that the security issues are a danger and that he wants manufacturers to action with his presentation turn.

Last year was the Spanish researcher and pilot Hugo Teso though vulnerabilities in communication systems in aircraft. Using an outdated communication system that does not support security or authentication has, it would be possible for example to manipulate the autopilot or device to crash.

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