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FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% of Last Year's Medical Device Recalls 128

chicksdaddy writes "Software failures were behind 24 percent of all the medical device recalls in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL). The absence of solid architecture and 'principled engineering practices' in software development affects a wide range of medical devices, with potentially life-threatening consequences, the FDA warned. In response, FDA told Threatpost that it is developing tools to disassemble and test medical device software and locate security problems and weak design."
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FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% of Last Year's Medical Device Recalls

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  • by mcmonkey ( 96054 ) on Thursday June 21, 2012 @03:36PM (#40402715) Homepage

    As a developer working for a medical device company, I am very interested in this story.

    However, I am not able to find in the linked report either that "24%" figure or the direct quote from TFA.

    The Agency is also acquiring expertise in areas like "detecting malware inside device designs...(and) reverse engineering certain types of malware to best identify the specific protective practices which manufacturers should be employing," the report reads.

    The word "malware" appears twice in the quoted passage, but not at all in the report. And 24 only appears as a page number or date.

    Am I just not hitting CTRL-F right today?

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