Fiat Chrysler Recall for Hack Vulnerability Defect

Fiat Chrysler Recall for Hack Vulnerability Defect

July, 2015

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The NY Times reports:

“WASHINGTON — In a first for automobiles in the United States, a safety recall has been issued based on a web security threat: a flaw that could give hackers wireless control of a vehicle, including critical systems such as the engine, brakes and steering.

Fiat Chrysler on Friday issued a sweeping recall of 1.4 million vehicles to fix a software vulnerability revealed this week by two technology researchers who demonstrated how they successfully hacked a Jeep Cherokee through Chrysler’s Uconnect entertainment and connectivity system. The hackers were able to take control of the Jeep’s systems while sitting miles away in a St. Louis basement.

The recall affects more than three times as many vehicles as the researchers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, had estimated could be at risk and includes many Fiat Chrysler vehicles starting with 2013 models.

The men alerted the automaker before making their findings public, and Fiat Chrysler released a software patch last week that customers could download or have installed at a dealer.”  Seearticle and commentsat

Note the comment by Tom Kowalick:

“Tom Kowalick

Southern Pines, NC 25 minutes ago

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) created a global standard (IEEE-1616a) towards providing the vehicle owner secure access to electronics-intensive vehicle data. This is a critically important topic. See the IEEE blogs for a better understanding of the problem and the simple solution offered to Congress and the NHTSA. Here is one of many blogs”…

Reminds me of Nader’s statement in American Blessings: “The nation has far more problems than it deserves and far more solutions than it applies.”


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