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DEF CON 30 – Aerospace Village

12.08.22 @ 4:00 pm - 4:50 pm

Paradise, United States

Partnering with the Aerospace Village we’ll be talking about and sharing our work on EFB security, and related aviation security stuff.

4:00PM – 4:50PM Pen Test Partners Power Hour

Alex Lomas and Ken Munro

Abstract: Pen Test Partners presents three quick hit talks in one hour. 

Hacking EFBs: What’s an EFB and how does hacking one affect flight safety? 

We’ll cover tampering with perf, W&B and detail numerous real incidents that have stemmed from EFB misuse or miskeying. So far we’ve found exploitable vulns in 6 different EFB app suites, covering nearly every major operator in the world. Separately, the flight sim will be set up to demonstrate a tailstrike and/or runway excursion as a result of tampered perf on our own EFB” 

Vulnerability disclosure in aviation: the good, the bad and the unsafe: 

“We’ve been researching aviation security for the past 5 years. Along the way we have responsibility disclosed numerous vulnerabilities. Our experience with various aviation businesses has ranged from excellent to appalling. Many of the issues stem from cultural issues at these businesses, failing to bust safety silos in engineering. What can anyone in aviation learn from our experience? How can one build a successful vulnerability disclosure program that boosts safety?” 

Getting started in aviation & avionics security research 

“Independent research in aviation has one big barrier to entry: airplanes cost $millions! How does a researcher or research group break in past this barrier?   We’ll talk about ways we have successfully (and legally!) carried out vanilla security research in airplanes. What will you find on board and how do the various systems work?” 


4:00 pm - 4:50 pm


Caesars Forum
3911 S Koval Ln
Paradise, NV NV 89109 United States
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