The Department of Homeland Security is warning users of Medtronic defibrillators of two vulnerabilities that could lead to an attacker accessing and altering the device.
The warning, which was issued through the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, covers two vulnerabilities, CVE-2019-6538 and CVE-2019-6540. A complete list of the models affected can be found here.
The first is a flaw in the Conexus telemetry system the device use to communicate that does not implement authentication or authorization. This could allow an attacker, who must be relatively close to the defibrillator to intercept, read, modify and inject data into the device’s RF signal. This, in turn, would allow someone to read or write to the memory of the implanted device.
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