Pharmacies should support the issuing of corona vaccination certificates in Germany. A serious security gap has now been discovered – and the process has been interrupted for the time being.
Berlin / Düsseldorf – Pharmacies all over Germany have been unable to issue corona vaccination certificates since yesterday. The German Pharmacists’ Association (DAV) announced today that the issuing of certificates had been stopped in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Health.
The “Handelsblatt” had therefore succeeded “with the help of professionally forged documents” on the DAV server to generate guest access for a non-existent pharmacy owner, with which two vaccination certificates were then issued. Therefore, the registered sites are currently being checked. But so far there has been no evidence of other unauthorized access.
The “Handelsblatt” announced on request that it was correct that the newspaper had discovered a serious security gap in the creation of digital vaccination records. “However, the” Handelsblatt “itself did not gain access to the system; two IT security specialists have disclosed the vulnerability and thus demonstrated that there are significant deficiencies in the portal, ”said a publisher’s spokeswoman.
According to the DAV, it has not yet been determined when the pharmacies will be able to issue vaccination certificates again. However, it can be assumed that the more than 25 million vaccination certificates that have been issued so far all come from legally registered pharmacies. dpa