DJI plugs security flaws that could have enabled access to users’ data and drone images
Researchers at Check Point and DJI today shared details of a potential vulnerability that could have impacted DJI’s infrastructure.
If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and the information within it, including video footage and photos taken by their drone’s as well as flight paths, GPS locations and other confidential data, without the user being aware of any intrusion.
Researchers outlined the process in which an attacker could have potentially gained access to a user’s account through a vulnerability discovered in the user identification process within DJI Forum, a DJI-sponsored online forum about DJI products. Researchers discovered that DJI’s platforms used a token to identify registered users across different aspects of the customer experience, which could have been targeted by hackers to access accounts and the data they hold.
DJI consumer users who had synced their flight records, including photos, videos and flight logs to DJI’s cloud servers, and DJI corporate users who used DJI FlightHub software, which includes a live camera, audio and map view, would have become vulnerable. The vulnerability has since been patched and there is no evidence it was ever exploited.
Check Point Research notified DJI in accordance with DJI’s Bug Bounty Program. DJI engineers reviewed the report submitted by Check Point and marked it as high risk/low probability. This is due to a set of preconditions that need to be met before a potential attacker could exploit it. DJI customers should always use the most current version of the DJI GO or GO 4 pilot apps.
Check Point and DJI advise all users to remain vigilant whenever exchanging information digitally. Always practice safe cyber habits when engaging with others online, and question the legitimacy of links to information seen on user forums and websites.
“We applaud the expertise Check Point researchers demonstrated through the responsible disclosure of a potentially critical vulnerability,” said Mario Rebello, Vice President and Country Manager, North America at DJI. “This is exactly the reason DJI established our Bug Bounty Program in the first place. All technology companies understand that bolstering cyber security is a continual process that never ends.”
“Given the popularity of DJI drones, it is important that potentially critical vulnerabilities like this are addressed quickly and effectively, and we applaud DJI for doing just that,” said Oded Vanunu, Head of Products Vulnerability Research at Check Point. “Following this discovery, it is important for organizations to understand that sensitive information can be used between all platforms and, if exposed on one platform, can lead to compromise of global infrastructure.”