FDA Sends Alert Over Blackberry OS Flaw in Manufacturing Equipment

August 20, 2021

Reports of a vulnerability in the Blackberry operating system used in some pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment as well as in certain medical devices and device manufacturing has prompted the FDA to issue a cybersecurity alert.

The software flaw, which affects certain versions of the BlackBerry QNX software development platform, could potentially allow a hacker to disable the software or have it do something it’s not supposed to do.

Manufacturers are “already assessing whether they are affected by these vulnerabilities, evaluating the risk and developing remediation actions,” the agency said, adding that affected companies “should coordinate with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency and should communicate with their customers.

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