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Panasonic Inflight Entertainment System Vulnerable To Attack
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RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
12/20/2016 | 7:08:02 PM
Luxury vs Lives
It boggles my mind the level of spoiled we allow customers these days when possession of a small wireless-enabled device could mean the difference between life and death.  While for this specific vulnerability there is some debate still as to what exactly is possible, it doesn't mean for other hacks being worked on or already out there someone couldn't bring a plane down with access to such a device.  Bottom line: No more devices in the passenger seating area.  Here's your TV and some free food, but sorry about the need to keep your devices in a special area of the plane that's locked.  Deal with it.
jcavery
jcavery,
User Rank: Moderator
12/21/2016 | 10:06:49 AM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
Christian, I agree, you have good ideas. You should consider working for an airline company and help them out with their security architecture. If we can't keep devices out of people's hands, at least we can get the most intelligent/threat aware people looking at the security designs to minimize the risks.
RetiredUser
RetiredUser,
User Rank: Ninja
12/22/2016 | 12:51:27 AM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
Unfortunately, jcavery, I'm too blunt and basic in my approach to work in an industry like that.  My expertise is at the code level.  For me, it's simple.  Just as we don't let concert-goers bring weapons like guns or knives to a concert, so should we not allow wireless-capable (or otherwise) devices into an environment that has life-sustaining but hackable systems.  I'm clearly not going to win that argument in a commercially bound industry :-)
clipartfox1
clipartfox1,
User Rank: Apprentice
12/22/2016 | 3:48:09 PM
Re: clipart
I agree with you.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:07:34 PM
Dumb terminals
 

Why are these IFEs not dumb terminals, it would make more sense to have all the controls in the back secure area and have dumb terminals for the passengers which they can not do anything but choose options available.

 
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:10:51 PM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
"No more devices in the passenger seating area"

I would give more emphases to the other side, plans' electronic systems could be isolated completed from passengers' reach.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:12:54 PM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
"but sorry about the need to keep your devices in a special area of the plane that's locked"

That may not be prevent us from security breaches, better to make devices secure.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:14:51 PM
Re: plaque psoriasis
I agree, informative well thought article. And a critical issue especially with current IoT devices.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:17:57 PM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
"If we can't keep devices out of people's hands,"

I hear you but I would say it is not practical. There must be a better way.
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
12/27/2016 | 8:20:25 PM
Re: Luxury vs Lives
"the most intelligent/threat aware people looking at the security designs to minimize the risks"

I agree. There must be a way to secure both plans' electronic system and devices we use so they never interfere.
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