Aerospace & Defense

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Identifying Backdoors in Production-Ready Code

By Ido Sarig The security world is abuzz with news about a “backdoor” - undocumented  access to its programmatic interface -  found in a popular FPGA manufactured in China and used in US military applications. Whether you are concerned that this is a deliberate Chinese plot to attack Western militaries, or relieved to hear that this is just a "common" backdoor,…

Securing Android for the Battle Space

By Tim Skutt Armed conflict has radically changed.  Remotely operated unmanned vehicles and cyber warfare highlight this change.  Combatants can launch an attack anywhere from a few hundred meters away to half a world away with the same devastating results.  One of the fascinating – and scary – parts of this change is that the trigger firing the weapon has…

What is the Real Impact of DO-178C and ED-12C?

By Joe Wlad DO-178C and ED-12C are now released.  What does this mean for Wind River and its customers? Now that RCTA DO-178 and its European equivalent, EUROCAE ED-12, have been updated after nearly twenty years, many are wondering, what is the impact to Wind River and our customers?  We’ve provided our customers with products and services based on DO-178B…

Avionics Europe 2012 Report

By Paul Parkinson I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management…

Avionics 2012 conference

By Paul Parkinson It's been a long time since my previous blog, as unfortunately I've been engrossed in a number of projects! However, I have just got time to mention that I'm really looking forward to the Avionics Europe conference in Munich on 21-22 March. The conference programme is pretty packed, covering cockpit avionics and technologies for civil and military…

VxWorks Cert Now Supports ARM!

By Alex Wilson Aerospace and defense has relied on rugged embedded vehicle mounted computers for many years, but as devices become more mobile, and with increased demand to reduce SWaP (Size, Weight, and Power), ARM-based computers become an interesting alternative.  Added to that is the wealth of functionality available in ARM devices that make it a good choice, not only to…

Security needed everywhere!

By Alex Wilson It's been a busy couple of months at Wind River with conferences and seminars as we lead up to year end.  One key theme at the various events I have been to is that of the increased need for cyber-security, a theme that is becoming important in all areas of embedded computing. The subject first came up…

Secure Mobility Message Resonates at MILCOM 2011

By Chip Downing MILCOM 2011 last week in Baltimore, MD was not only educational, but it was a watershed event.   Last year, it was a “coming out” party for custom Android devices; this year however, was the year where many companies are now using COTS hardware and software to their fullest extent, along the entire supply chain, from core to…

Another Great Design Win for VxWorks MILS!

By Alex Wilson Having been at Wind River for 15 years, it is always a pleasure to see products coming to market that are based on our technology, and at MILCOM 2011 we are proud to be announcing the use of Wind River’s VxWorks MILS Platform in Rockwell Collins' SecureOne Processor and SecureOne Guard, components of a family of high assurance…

Unmanned Systems: More Reports of Security Vulnerabilities

By Joe Wlad By now, you’ve likely heard the latest report of security holes in unmanned ground control systems. This time, a key-logging virus has been found on one or more hard drives at the Nevada operations center for the Predator and Reaper unmanned vehicles. While the investigation is ongoing and impact of the virus is determined, the real concern…