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BMW's Software Security Patch A Sign Of Things To Come
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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/4/2015 | 2:06:57 AM
Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
It's helpful that the automaker was able to patch the vulnerability in this way, but this connectivity just presents another venue for attack.  If that gets hacked, what then?

The dangers of the IoT age...
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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2/4/2015 | 7:21:39 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
@Joe, you are so right in that this is yet another IoT problem. But this one has some frightening public safety ramifications. Not all car security vulns can be fixed like BMW's with an over-the-air update, which is something to keep in mind. There will always be a backlog of unpatched/vulnerable vehicles on the road, which is the most unsettling aspect here. I like my old-school, non-networked vehicles. 
Joe Stanganelli
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2/6/2015 | 2:03:55 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
Heck, I remember when my mom's old Lincoln that talked to you, over-and-over repeating messages like "The door...is...ajar," was the height of car technology.
Whoopty
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2/4/2015 | 10:50:38 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
This is dead on. Wireless patching is a very nice idea, but when someone figures out how to remotely spoof a legitimate firmware update, we're in real trouble, as that gives someone the ability to take control of the car in its entirity. There's a real danger for nefarious individuals to take advantage of it. There needs to be some measure of two factor authentication for all firmware updates. Preferably three. 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/6/2015 | 2:05:33 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
@Whoopty: Indeed, it reminds me of those researchers that figured out how to do the same thing to an HP printer -- and use that vulnerability to SET IT ON FIRE.

Imagine what the bad guys would be able to do to cars with firmware update spoofing!!!
TerryB
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2/4/2015 | 1:02:23 PM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
This is getting completely out of control, putting things with a particular function like cars on a network which can be accessed remotely. I'm not a fan of software running in cars, period. But even leaving that argument aside, no reason car software upgrades can't be done thru service center when you bring in for maintenance. At least then you have some control over who/what is changing your software. Don't try and convince me the car mfgrs will get security right when nobody else in the connected world seems to able to.

Somewhat on theme here, I have an older 2004 BMW M3 that, for most part, I just love to drive. But talk about sensor overkill, it constantly has red light on telling me I have flat tire. And that continues even though I put on brand new winter tires/rims for the season. So eventually I'll have to fix the sensor or just be OK with fact I don't need sensor to tell me I have flat tire. I think I'm OK with latter, usually not that difficult to know you have flat tire.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/5/2015 | 11:43:53 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
I've had problems with a few engine sensor lights that go on for no aparent reason (or none that my auto mechanic can figure out). And I'm talking about some old school cars.the IoT is gong to to require a whole new class of auto industry specialists in cybersecurity...
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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2/7/2015 | 12:25:31 AM
Re: Connected Cars = Hackable Cars
Sounds like the cure for that is to put some black tape over it!  ;)


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