Black Hat Talk Reveals How Embedded Systems Expose Airlines to Risk


Security firm IOActive is set to disclose multiple vulnerabilities in the embedded systems used for satellite communications and in-flight WiFi, revealing the larger challenge of supply chain risk.

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LAS VEGAS’Multiple systems on modern airliners are potentially at risk from a series of vulnerabilities that are being publicly discussed here at Black Hat USA and Defcon by researchers from IOActive.

The vulnerabilities expose what IOActive sees as supply chain risks, where an embedded software technology puts a larger platform at risk. Researcher Ruben Santamarta will provide full details on multiple satellite communications system vulnerabilities in a talk on Aug. 8 at Black Hat while his colleague Josep Rodriguez will detail embedded system flaws in airlines on Aug. 12 at Defcon.

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