Harman: Vehicle hack threat limited to FCA

Harman: Vehicle hack threat limited to FCA

Harman, the previously unidentified supplier of the infotainment system at the center of the FCA hacking mess, says the vulnerability exploited by Wired researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek exists only in that particular system.

According to the AP, Dinesh Paliwal, Harman International CEO, addressed the matter during Harman’s earnings call Tuesday, saying the system that was targeted was of an older design that lacked the safeguards in place in the company’s newer hardware.

“We believe based on our assessment with all other customers we supply our system to that the Chrysler system is the only one exposed to this particular experimental hack,” he said. “So it’s a unique situation.”

FCA recalled 1.4 million vehicles in July after a report featured Miller and Valasek hacking into a 2014 Jeep Cherokee equipped with the Uconnect system. The two were able to remotely manipulate the Jeep’s steering, brakes and even engine.

The recall, which covers 2013-2015 model year vehicles, only applies vehicles equipped with FCA’s 8.4-inch infotainment system. The recall covers several different makes and models, including the Dodge Viper, Durango, Challenger/Charger, Ram pickup truck, Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 200/ 300.

And while other automakers may be safe from this vulnerability, that doesn’t mean other cybersecurity threats do not exist.

General Motors recently released a security update for its OnStar telematics system. NHTSA is collecting information on the GM case but has not yet started a formal investigation.

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