Recall Information 2.0: Fiat Chrysler car review 1.4 million to be vulnerable to hacker attacks

tearing his research knowing week about “hackers” who had managed to “strike down” without touching a Jeep Cherokee, exploit vulnerabilities in your entertainment system to access your software, replace it with a malicious access to the exchange’s own the vehicle and manipulate critical systems such as the accelerator, brakes and steering. And although a priori thought the problem had been resolved, while the researchers who made the discovery had been communicated to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles the intricacies of the exploited vulnerability, it seems that this problem still bring tail. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced a recall of 1.4 million vehicles to address this vulnerability , to prevent a hacker can manipulate your car from any computer connected to itnernet.

Afraid? These “hackers” can strike down a Jeep Cherokee without touching it (and that’s not all)

Are endanger their cars? In order to exploit this vulnerability requires a great technological knowledge. Even its discoverers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, believe that knowing the vulnerability would require months of work, using reverse engineering to replicate their findings in recent years.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles had already advised their customers to update the software on the affected system, the Uconnect screen 8.4 “, but has now chosen to present an official call (see article in Automotive News) to avoid major problems.

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The hacker threat is real, our cars need an antivirus

What this call to review involves? To solve the problem is not necessary to visit a workshop. The customer can download the software update, the security patch from the web page Uconnect own. From there they will know if your vehicle is affected by entering its number (VIN). Just using a simple USB flash drive. In any case, the workshops will also address software updates to customers who so wish. But not give too much details, it seems that the update would create a firewall that would prevent remote access to malicious users, and would limit access to the PBX system UConnect car itself.

Welcome to the digital age, where most likely there will be more calls to review by software vulnerabilities that mechanical problems . A claim that is not too bold if we look back and see the amount of virus and security issues have attacked computer operating systems in recent decades.

jeep-cherokee-hackers-2-1440px The case of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also reveals how important it is also developing a system of unattended updates as those applied by the Model S. Tesla Updates that could be installed without the intervention of the owner car and at any time, such as resting your car in the garage.

BU014_016FA The models affected in this call to review are those equipped with entertainment systems UConnect 8.4 “and in principle based on the following bodies: Dodge Viper (2013-2015), Dodge RAM 1500 , 2500, 3500, 4500 and 5500 (2013-2015), Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee (2014-2015), Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger and Dodge Carger (2015). The other models that are not on this list, in principle, would not be affected.

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