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Making Cars More Hacker-Proof

Alison C.
user 8979363
Group Organizer
Mountain View, CA
Post #: 18
Ronald B.
user 9367894
San Rafael, CA
Post #: 1
Its scary to think that some hacker could cause your car to fly of the side of the road. Perhaps having connected through CAN is a mistake.
Alison C.
user 8979363
Group Organizer
Mountain View, CA
Post #: 20
From what I've heard, a lot of the car companies are creating multiprocessor architectures where essentially a LAN routes communications among a variety of processors, some of which may be ARM or Atom CPUs of the type seen in other mobile devices and which run Linux, and some of which may be more traditional embedded processors running an RTOS like Nucleus or VxWorks. Presumably traditional firewall methods can be used to protect the less-capable embedded processors from malware or simple incompetence resulting in inappropriate commands coming from the general-purpose CPU. It still early days in automotive computer security though. I don't know much about the existing security features of the CAN bus.
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