A Wake-up Call for SATCOM Security

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  • Author: Ruben Santamarta

Satellite Communications (SATCOM) play a vital role in the global telecommunications system. IOActive evaluated the security posture of the most widely deployed Inmarsat and Iridium SATCOM terminals.

IOActive found that malicious actors could abuse all of the devices within the scope of this study. The vulnerabilities included what would appear to be backdoors, hardcoded credentials, undocumented and/or insecure protocols, and weak encryption algorithms. In addition to design flaws, IOActive also uncovered a number of features in the devices that clearly pose security risks.

The findings of IOActive’sresearch should serve as an initial wake-up call for both the vendors and users of the current generation of SATCOM technology.

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