Driving a Chrysler Vehicle? Install This Patch Immediately!

Chrysler UConnect

Chrysler is striving to turn the traditional automobile into a smart, connected device – and although it’s an innovative, exciting concept, there’s a significant downfall. Chrysler’s UConnect system, which has been installed into cars since the end of 2013, is an Internet-connected feature that controls entertainment and navigation capabilities while offering a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Not so fast… UConnect actually has a major vulnerability – allowing anyone who’s aware of the car’s IP address to gain access, even if they’re in a far away location. This means an attacker could take complete control of your car – taking you right off the road in an instant.

The Software Bug That Puts Lives at Risk…

Charlie Miller, a researcher looking into the vulnerability, explained, “this might be the kind of software bug most likely to kill someone.” In fact, in a live demo, the vulnerability was exploited to cut off the transmission and brakes in a Jeep Cherokee.

As you can imagine, this is extremely dangerous, especially considering the attacker doesn’t need physical access to the vehicle. The attacker doesn’t even need to be in a nearby region! At the moment, researchers are withholding various details on the bug, in order to prevent the bug from being exploited.

If you’re currently driving an impacted vehicle, get to the dealership or install the patch manually using a USB immediately. Don’t wait. The patch can be downloaded here.

Need more information? Looking to stay up-to-date on the latest security threats? Contact Fuelled Networks at (613) 828-1280 or send us an email: info@fuellednetworks.com.

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 24th July 2015 by Ernie Sherman.