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VW keyless entry systems vulnerable to hacking

Keyless systems of older VW Group cars can be hacked: researchers | Reuters

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Tens of millions of vehicles sold by Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) over the past 20 years are vulnerable to theft because keyless entry systems can be hacked using cheap technical devices, according to European researchers.

Computer security experts at the University of Birmingham have published a paper outlining how they were able to clone VW remote keyless entry controls by eavesdropping nearby when drivers press their key fobs to open or lock up their cars.

Vehicles vulnerable to this attack include most Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda models sold since 1995 and many of the approximately 100 million VW Group vehicles on the road since then, the researchers said. The flaw was found in car models as recent as the Audi Q3, model year 2016, they added.

"It is conceivable that all VW Group (except for some Audi) cars manufactured in the past and partially today rely on a 'constant-key' scheme and are thus vulnerable to the attacks," the paper argues.

The only exception the researchers found were cars built on VW's latest MQB production platform, which is used in its top selling model, the Golf VII, which they found does not have the keyless flaw.

A VW spokesman said that the current Golf, Tiguan, Touran and Passat models are not vulnerable to the attack.
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VW isn't the only manufacturer vulnerable to the hack.
https://www.wired.com/2016/03/study-...ignition-hack/

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Rumors started in 2008-2009 that organized crime rings in Europe had discovered a way to go thru electronic VW locks.

Recently, we had had a group in Texas that was using laptops to steal jeeps.

Hackers arrested after stealing more than 30 Jeeps in Texas - Autoblog
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Well, this is ironic.
I was going to read a thread called Mopars not hacked...
and what happened.

Mopars not hacked; VW problem

by David Zatz on 2016-08-11


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It's much harder than that;

And it just the FOB! So they gona unlock my doors and take the change out of my ashtray?
Seems like lot of trouble and time & money that does the same as a hammer.

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Recently, we had had a group in Texas that was using laptops to steal jeeps.

Hackers arrested after stealing more than 30 Jeeps in Texas - Autoblog
That was different. They were physically breaking into the Jeeps causing the alarm to trigger. With the alarm blaring, they'd plug their laptop into the OBD port and reprogram the Jeep to accept a keyfob they had in their possession (supposedly requires software and codes only available to a dealer). With the Jeep now brainwashed to recognize them as its new owner, they'd shut off the alarm and simply drive off. They did this quickly enough that people who heard the alarm figured it was just a false alarm and the owner had turned it off.

As the saying in the computer industry goes, once an attacker gains physical access to your computer (in this case the OBD port), you're screwed. At that point, fully compromising your security measures is usually trivial.

The VW (and other manufacturer) keyfob vulnerability involves intercepting communications between the keyfob and the car, or in the simplest case inducing an unauthorized query of the keyfob while it's in the owner's pocket in their house by using an amplifier. No physical access is required, so it represents a more severe vulnerability. This is why there have been news reports saying to store your keyfob in the freezer. (Don't do that, that's just silliness propagated by journalists who failed high school physics. Wrapping it in aluminum foil does the same thing and is a lot more convenient.)
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