Charlie Miller To Hack Cars At DefCon 21

After being banned by Apple from researching flaws in its iOS platform, IOActive researcher Charlie Miller will present in August his latest findings on a different mobile platform--your car.

According to the Register, Miller's talk was rejected by Black Hat, but was accepted by DefCon 21. DeviceLine will be reporting from both events at the end of July and early August in Las Vegas, NV.

The synopsis of Adventures in Automotive Networks and Control Units reads as follows:

Automotive computers, or Electronic Control Units (ECU), were originally introduced to help with fuel efficiency and emissions problems of the 1970s but evolved into integral parts of in-car entertainment, safety controls, and enhanced automotive functionality.

This presentation will examine some controls in two modern automobiles from a security researcher's point of view. We will first cover the requisite tools and software needed to analyze a Controller Area Network (CAN) bus. Secondly, we will demo software to show how data can be read and written to the CAN bus.

Then we will show how certain proprietary messages can be replayed by a device hooked up to an OBD-II connection to perform critical car functionality, such as braking and steering.

Finally, we'll discuss aspects of reading and modifying the firmware of ECUs installed in today's modern automobile.