Car Immobilizers

24 December 2010

Karsten Nohl is in the news again, this time for demonstrating how bad the proprietary crypto used for car immobilizers is. Here are a few articles:

Karsten presented the technical aspects in a talk at the 8th Embedded Security in Cars conference in Berlin.

Even if car manufacturers get the crypto right, relay attacks pose a serious threat, especially for modern cars that do away with the mechanical key completely. See the upcoming NDSS paper by Aurelien Francillon, Boris Danev, and Srdjan Capkun: Relay Attacks on Passive Keyless Entry and Start Systems in Modern Cars.