Investigating security vulnerabilities in modern vehicle systems

Xi Zheng, Lei Pan, Hongxu Chen, Peiyin Wang

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Modern vehicle systems have evolved from an isolated control system into an interconnected architecture combining software, hardware, and data. Such architecture is specialized into vehicle infotainment system (e.g., SYNC of Ford, iDrive of BMW and MMI of Audi), Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), and vehicle social system which connects to social media networks. These systems hold private and sensitive information such as travel plans, social network messages, login credentials to bank accounts, and so on, which is a lucrative target for malicious attackers. Unfortunately, existing research overlooks the security issues with respect to this highly integrated system. This paper presents security issues across various systems related to modern vehicles through a a holistic and systematic view. We analyze each system components with respect to published attacks in details and present a synthesized body of knowledge. We identify the growing trend where security attacks are launched from the cyber space to vehicle control system via smartphones and vehicle networks. In the foreseeable future, we expect more security attacks both in numbers and in complexity. Knowing this will arise the awareness of vehicle system security and help engineers to build security solutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplications and techniques in information security
Subtitle of host publication6th International Conference, ATIS 2016
EditorsLynn Batten, Gang Li
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic) 9789811027413
ISBN (Print)9789811027406
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Applications and Techniques in Information Security, ATIS 2016 - Cairns, Australia
Duration: 26 Oct 201628 Oct 2016

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Other6th International Conference on Applications and Techniques in Information Security, ATIS 2016


  • Evaluation of security
  • Authentication and authorization
  • Distributed systems security
  • Privacy protection
  • Smartphone security
  • Modern vehicle system
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Reliability

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