Tuesday, September 28, 2021
News BlackBerry and U.S. Officials Say Software Flaw Could Impact Vehicles

BlackBerry and U.S. Officials Say Software Flaw Could Impact Vehicles

Flaw affects vehicles from 2012

  • Flaw affects QNX vehicles from 2012 and earlier

  • Authorities report no known attacks using exploit


A cybersecurity flaw in software from BlackBerry could put cars (as well as some medical systems) at risk of hacker attacks, US authorities said yesterday. The news comes after the company disclosed a vulnerability in the QNX Real Time Operating System that is used in millions of vehicles.

Though you likely haven’t heard the BlackBerry name in quite a few years, the company’s QNX software handles key functions in nearly two hundred million vehicles from Volkswagen, Ford, and BMW, among others. The operating system controls infotainment systems as well as some critical functions including the advanced driver assistance systems.

According to BlackBerry, Reuters reports, the issue is not with current or even recent versions of the systems, but rather from versions dating back to 2012 and earlier. The company said that no customers have indicated they were affected by the problem.

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said that the software compromise “could result in a malicious actor gaining control of highly sensitive systems, increasing risk to the Nation’s critical functions,” but said they weren’t aware of any active exploits of the flaw.

BlackBerry has said that it has notified customers and made software patches available, but it’s not clear how or if those patches would make it to in-service cars and trucks. Microsoft security researchers first identified the flaw, but none of the parties involved has said what the potential effects on a vehicle could be.

 

Trending Now

Is Volkswagen Planning on an International Harvester Scout Revival?

The Volkswagen Scout would be an all-electric off-roader. Yes, Volkswagen owns the rights to the name. The new Scout would be priced around...

The Volvo V90 Cross Country Gets New B6 Hybrid Engine

2022 Volvo V90 Cross Country gets a new mild-hybrid powertrain New electric supercharger delivers more total horsepower The Volvo V90 Cross Country had an...

Subaru drivers have the most speeding tickets

Insurify posts a top 10 list of cars with the most speeding tickets in the US every year Three Subaru models are on...

Elon Musk Agrees Ferraris Should Not Be Self-Driven

Elon Musk and Ferrari chairman John Elkann touched on autonomous driving technology during a video chat last week Elon Musk agrees there are just...

Refreshed 2022 Ford Expedition Adds Timberline Edition

The 2022 Ford Expedition receives styling changes and a new SYNC 4 infotainment system. A new Expedition Timberline is introduced with higher ground...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.