Thousands of Vulnerabilities Detected In FAA’s Air Traffic Control Apps

May 12, 2009

Government audit of 70 Federal Aviation Administration Web-based applications finds flaws that could put air traffic, itself, at risk

A government audit (PDF) has pinpointed more than 3,800 vulnerabilities — 763 of which are high-risk — in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Web-based air traffic control system applications, including some that could potentially put air travel at risk.

The U.S. Department of Transportation report, with the help of auditors from KPMG, determined that the ATC’s Web-based applications aren’t secured from attacks or unauthorized access, and that the FAA hasn’t set up the necessary intrusion-detection functions to catch security incidents at ATC locations.

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