Make your own Airline Boarding Pass

 

A friend of mine has pointed out that if you are using an older version of the browser Mozilla or Fire Fox you have the ability to save the page you are viewing as postscript. Then with any old text editor you can go into the postscript file and change the information as you see fit.

 

In the case of online airline check in, a security hole has been brought to my attention. Someone can display and print a boarding pass. They also can save it to a file and edit it. Changing the flight number, date and time this allows someone with a questionable background access beyond the airport security check points. Of course if an airline is using some type of scanning as part of their boarding process they should not get access to the plane.

 

-- Frank 

 


 

 

Comments:

I don't see this as a security threat. I see it as a way to be comfortable while waiting for loved ones to return. All of the good food and beverages are on the "other side". Since everyone has to pass through security it's not a threat. Certainly, no one would be foolish enough to try to get on a plane with a pass they know to be invalid. I'd be willing to bet that \*most\* travelers have no idea what you're talking about. Your friend must be pretty smart if he knows how to edit postscript code.

Posted by guest on March 11, 2008 at 07:45 AM EDT #

Never thought of the food and beverage angle. Great point! Not to mention all of the great art work and historic displays. Thanks for the comment. --Frank

Posted by guest on March 11, 2008 at 08:11 AM EDT #

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Frank Wickham is a Technology Specialist for Engineered Systems, Security, and Infrastructure Architecture with Oracle's Public Sector Organization. He can be reached at frank.wickham@oracle.com.

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