Your BMW simply downloaded a safety patch

Your BMW just downloaded a security patch

Have a BMW, Mini or Rolls Royce with the ConnectedDrive function parked in your driveway? Perhaps all three? Properly, it turns on the market was a bug that allowed ne’er-do-wells to control it — totally wirelessly. In accordance with Reuters, by simulating a pretend telephone community researchers at German outfit ADAC (primarily Deutschland’s AAA) have been capable of achieve entry to techniques ruled by the platform’s SIM card by spoofing a cell tower. They’ve even put collectively a video describing the hole in safety which you’ll be able to take a look at after the break — in case you converse German. Whereas the vulnerabilities did not embrace something associated to steering, acceleration or braking, the ConnectedDrive does have entry to visitors info, air con and… door locks.

For its half, BMW says it hasn’t seen any studies of compromises to car safety, and now it is utilizing HTTPS to encrypt all knowledge transmissions. Maybe better of all? House owners of the two.2 million affected automobiles did not have to hit the dealership for this patch — it was already delivered over the air. The replace pushed mechanically as soon as the system related to BMW’s servers just lately, however those that hold a automotive saved might need to hop in and hit the “Replace Providers” button. Good factor, as a result of taking all three of your rides in for service (like they did in 2012 to repair an issue with the ODB port that thieves truly used to steal automobiles, and as of 2014 have been nonetheless utilizing on unpatched automobiles) would in all probability be sort of inconvenient.

Your BMW just downloaded a security patch

Affected fashions:


1 Collection Convertible, Coupé and Touring (E81, E82, E87, E88, F20, F21) 2er Lively Tourer, Coupé and Convertible (F22, F23, F45) three with Convertible, Coupe, GT, Touring and M3 (E90, E91, E92, E93, F30, F31, F34, F80) 4p Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe and M4 (F32, F33, F36, F82, F83) 5 Collection GT and Touring (F07, F10, F11, F18) 6 Collection Gran Coupe Convertible (F06, F12, F13) 7 Collection (F01, F02, F03, F04) I3 (I01), I8 (I12) X1 (E84), X3 (F25), X4 (F26) X 5 (E70, F15, F85), X6 (E71, E72, F16, F86), Z four (E89)


Three-door and 5-door hatchback (F55, F56)

Rolls Royce

Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe (RR1, RR2, RR3) Ghost (RR4) Wrait (RR5)

[Image credit: BMW – AFP/Getty Images, control unit – ADAC / Uwe Rattay]

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