by venturebeat

Researcher says he can hack GM’s OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine


Above: A mobile phone displays the OnStar app inside a Chevrolet Volt vehicle in this photo illustration taken in Encinitas, California, July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake
BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – A researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for the General Motors OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely.

一名研究人员劝告司机不要使用通用汽车公司的 OnStar 车载通信系统的移动应用程序,称黑客可以利用该产品的一个安全漏洞,在远处就可以解锁汽车并且启动发动机。

“White-hat” hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to “locate, unlock and remote-start” vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service.

“白帽子”黑客Samy Kamkar在周四发布了一个视频,称通过拦截OnStar RemoteLink移动应用程序和OnStar服务之间的通信,他想出了一个办法来“定位、解锁和远程启动”汽车。

Kamkar said he plans to provide technical details on the hack next week in Las Vegas at the Def Con conference, where tens of thousands of hacking aficionados will gather to learn about new cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

Kamkar表示,他计划在下周拉斯维加斯的 Def Con 大会上提供黑客技术细节。那里会有数以万计的黑客爱好者参加,学习新的网络安全漏洞。

Kamkar released the video a week after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recalled some 1.4 million vehicles after hacking experts demonstrated a more serious vulnerability in the Jeep Cherokee. That bug allowed them to gain remote control of a Jeep traveling at 70 miles per hour on a public highway.

GM spokesman Terrence Rhadigan told Reuters via email that the company was preparing an update to the RemoteLink app that would address the vulnerability. “It’s days away,” Rhadigan said.

通用汽车发言人Terrence Rhadigan通过电子邮件告诉路透社,公司正准备更新RemoteLink应用程序,将解决此缺陷。Rhadigan说,“将在这几天了”。

When asked via email if it was safe to use the app before an update is released, Rhadigan said: “We believe the chances of replicating this demonstration in the real world are unlikely. In addition, the action involves one user at a time, and would impact only that specific user’s account.”


The issue drew the attention of U.S. safety regulators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Agency representatives discussed the issue with GM officials, who said the flaw could involve doors and engine start-stop but does not involve other critical safety systems, according to a person familiar with those discussions.

The agency responded by making some suggestions, including disabling the app’s function until customers perform the update, according to the person.


More than 3 million people have downloaded the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app for Apple iOS and Google devices, according to OnStar’s website.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Detroit and Jim Finkle in Boston; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Jeffrey Benkoe and Dan Grebler)
(由Bernie Woodall 在底特律和Jim Finkle在波士顿报告;由Jonathan Oatis,Jeffrey Benkoe和Dan Grebler编辑)