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Blogs | EDITORIAL | May 6, 2020

A Reverse Engineer’s Perspective on the Boeing 787 ‘51 days’ Airworthiness Directive

Several weeks ago, international regulators announced that they were ordering Boeing 787 operators to completely shut down the plane’s electrical power whenever it had been running for 51 days without interruption.1 The FAA published an airworthiness directive elaborating on the issue, and I was curious to see what kind of details were in this document. While I eventually discovered that there wasn’t much information in the FAA directive, there was just enough to put me on track to search for the root cause of the issue. This blog post will…

Ruben Santamarta
Library | WHITEPAPER | August 7, 2019

Arm IDA and Cross Check: Reversing the 787’s Core Network

In 2008, the Dreamliner was presented as the world’s first e-Enabled commercial airplane. Boeing certainly introduced an impressive new set of functionalities, enabling the vast majority of the components to be highly integrated with and connected to regular systems, such as onboard maintenance, data-load, and the Crew Information System. IOActive has documented our detailed attack paths and component vulnerabilities to describe the first plausible, detailed public attack paths to effectively reach the avionics network on a commercial airplane from either non-critical domains, such as Passenger Information and Entertainment Services, or…

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Ruben Santamarta

Arm IDA and Cross Check: Reversing the 787’s Core Network

IOActive has documented detailed attack paths and component vulnerabilities to describe the first plausible, detailed public attack paths to effectively reach the avionics network on a 787, commercial airplane from either non-critical domains, such as Passenger Information and Entertainment Services, or even external networks.

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