Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Vulnerabilities / Threats

2/14/2019
05:00 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Toyota Prepping 'PASTA' for its GitHub Debut

Carmaker's open source car-hacking tool platform soon will be available to the research community.

The lead developer behind Toyota's new cybersecurity testing tool said the carmaker plans to make its so-called PASTA (Portable Automotive Security Testbed with Adaptability) available via GitHub as early as next month or April.

Tsuyoshi Toyama, senior researcher at Toyota InfoTechnology Center, told Dark Reading that he and his team are currently working on getting the PASTA specifications ready for availability online, and plan to offer as open-source the platform's specs, CAN (controller area network) ID maps, ECU (engine control unit) program codes, and ECU circuit diagrams for vehicle testing. He says Toyota also hopes to offer PASTA's driving simulator programs as open source, as well.

PASTA is an open-source testing platform for researchers and budding car hackers. Toyota's Toyama and colleague Takuya Yoshida first revealed and demonstrated PASTA in December at Black Hat Europe in London. The open source tool represents a major shift for automakers, which traditionally have rejected or ignored vulnerability research on cybersecurity weaknesses in modern vehicles.

Toyota's demonstration of the car-hacking tool and announcement that it would open-source the specs were widely welcomed by the security research community, which long has relied on researchers with little to no car engineering knowledge tinkering with the communications and software elements of vehicles to root out security flaws.

But unlike the renowned live, moving-car hacking research conducted by Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, Toyota's PASTA tool is for simulated car hacking. The platform simulates the remote operation of a vehicle's wheels, brakes, windows, and other features to let researchers learn more about the electronic communications features and find vulnerabilities and test exploits.

The 8kg and portable tool built by Toyota resides in a steel attaché case, and the carmaker plans to also sell it as a hardware and software platform, initially in Japan. It contains four ECUs, ODBII and RS232C ports, as well as a port for debugging or binary hacking, and features LED control panels that the user can set to run tests or exploits. "It's small and portable so users can study, research, and hack with it anywhere," Toyama explained during the PASTA demonstration at Black Hat Europe.

PASTA also can be used by automakers in R&D to test how certain features added to real vehicles could affect the security of the vehicle, for example. "PASTA could also be used for educators" teaching car security, Toyama said.

Toyama will demonstrate PASTA next month at Black Hat Asia in Singapore.

Related Content:

Kelly Jackson Higgins is Executive Editor at DarkReading.com. She is an award-winning veteran technology and business journalist with more than two decades of experience in reporting and editing for various publications, including Network Computing, Secure Enterprise ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
US Turning Up the Heat on North Korea's Cyber Threat Operations
Jai Vijayan, Contributing Writer,  9/16/2019
MITRE Releases 2019 List of Top 25 Software Weaknesses
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  9/17/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: "He's too shy to invite me out face to face!"
Current Issue
7 Threats & Disruptive Forces Changing the Face of Cybersecurity
This Dark Reading Tech Digest gives an in-depth look at the biggest emerging threats and disruptive forces that are changing the face of cybersecurity today.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-17789
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-20
Prospecta Master Data Online (MDO) allows CSRF.
CVE-2019-11280
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-20
Pivotal Apps Manager, included in Pivotal Application Service versions 2.3.x prior to 2.3.18, 2.4.x prior to 2.4.14, 2.5.x prior to 2.5.10, and 2.6.x prior to 2.6.5, contains an invitations microservice which allows users to invite others to their organizations. A remote authenticated user can gain ...
CVE-2019-11326
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-20
An issue was discovered on Topcon Positioning Net-G5 GNSS Receiver devices with firmware 5.2.2. The web interface of the product is protected by a login. A guest is allowed to login. Once logged in as a guest, an attacker can browse a URL to read the password of the administrative user. The same pro...
CVE-2019-11327
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-20
An issue was discovered on Topcon Positioning Net-G5 GNSS Receiver devices with firmware 5.2.2. The web interface of the product has a local file inclusion vulnerability. An attacker with administrative privileges can craft a special URL to read arbitrary files from the device's files system.
CVE-2019-14814
PUBLISHED: 2019-09-20
There is heap-based buffer overflow in Linux kernel, all versions up to, excluding 5.3, in the marvell wifi chip driver in Linux kernel, that allows local users to cause a denial of service(system crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code.