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NASA's deep space test launch had a cyber-stowaway

NASA's deep space test launch had a cyber-stowaway
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Even after a week, I'm still excited about NASA's successful test of the Orion space capsule. Click here to see amazing footage of the launch and to learn more about the spacecraft that could take us to Mars.

Even though Orion was unmanned for the test, it did contain a chip with 1.3 million names. These were collected with a special "boarding pass" website NASA set up.

Members of the public can sign up and get "frequent flyer" miles as their names are included on various future spaceflights. However, it turns out that one of the names was a stowaway.

A security researcher named Kunz Mejri found a flaw in the boarding pass website code. He told NASA about the flaw, but couldn't resist adding three unauthorized names to the list first.

NASA flagged two of them, but the third made it through to the actual flight - and Mejri isn't telling what it is.

NASA was quick to point out that this flaw was in a completely separate system from anything mission-critical. The names are encoded in a special chip that has no connections with any of the flight control systems.

Want to add your name to the list for future space flights? Click here to visit the NASA boarding pass website.

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Source: The Register
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