Hacking In-Flight Entertainment Systems

An unexpected debug log on an in-flight entertainment system piqued the interest of security consultant Ruben Santamarta. Subsequent research found public firmware updates, which Santamarta analyzed for vulnerabilities.

For example, attackers could spoof the plane’s flight information to convince them they’re going to another destination, that the plane is losing altitude, or that the temperature is unrealistically warm outside the plane. Alternatively, they could compromise the Crew Panel to mess with the lights and PA system.

Thanks, Graham Cluley