Friday, December 2, 2022
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

Volkswagen May Team Up with Foxconn to Build Scout Vehicles

Taiwanese Foxconn is currently building the Lordstown Endurance pickup. Volkswagen announced the return of the Scout brand last May. Volkswagen is actively shopping for...

The 2023 Honda Pilot will Start at $50,650 in Canada

The new Pilot will be offered in five trim levels. Every new Pilot comes with an expanded suite of driver assistance features and...

Tesla 2023 Lineup: Models And Changes Overview

The Tesla Cybertruck’s launch has been delayed again. New swivel base for Model S and Model X touchscreens. More powerful microchips for Model 3 and Model Y. With...

Lightyear Begins Production of the First Solar-Powered Car

The first production unit of the Lightyear 0 rolled off the assembly line yesterday. About 150 pre-orders have been received according to the...

The Lexus CT Could Return as a Small SUV

The hybrid sub-compact hatchback was sold in North America between 2011 and 2017. The new CT could slot between the sub-compact UX and...

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.