Towards a systematic security evaluation of the automotive Bluetooth interface

Madeline Cheah, Siraj A. Shaikh, Olivier Haas, Alastair Ruddle

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The modern vehicle requires connectivity in order to enable and enhance comfort and convenience features so desired by customers. This connectivity however also allows the possibility that an external attacker may compromise the security (and therefore the safety) of the vehicle. In order to answer this problem, we propose a framework for a systematic method of security testing for automotive Bluetooth interfaces and implement a proof-of-concept tool to carry out testing on vehicles using this framework. From our findings, we conclude that the method enabled us to enumerate multiple weaknesses and that by continuing to extend the work, we would discover more.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-18
Number of pages10
JournalVehicular Communications
Early online date1 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017


  • Automotive security
  • Operational and field testing
  • Threat model
  • Wireless security
  • Bluetooth


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