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DHS Warns of Vulnerabilities in Medtronic Defibrillators

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued an alert to warn of critical vulnerabilities impacting numerous Medtronic devices, which are exploitable with low skill level.

Residing in the Medtronic proprietary Conexus telemetry system, the vulnerabilities may allow an attacker within short-range of affected products “to interfere with, generate, modify, or intercept the radio frequency (RF) communication,” potentially impacting product functionality and/or accessing transmitted data.

An attacker looking to exploit the vulnerabilities would need an RF device capable of communicating with the Medtronic system, such as a monitor, programmer, or software-defined radio (SDR), short-range access to the affected products, and for the RF functionality to be active in the target products.

“Before the device implant procedure and during follow-up clinic visits, the Conexus telemetry sessions require initiation by an inductive protocol,” the DHS alert reads.

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