Mitsubishi Outlander alarm can be switched off via WiFi hack




Security researchers have managed to turn the alarm off of a Mitsubishi Outlander by sending the protocol of the mobile app to reverse engineer and an Alarm Off message to the car.

According PenTestPartners the hack possible , because Mitsubishi uses a WiFi access point to the Outlander for the connection to the car, rather than the much more common mobile Internet. Because the password consists of a limited number of characters, it is fairly easy to crack.

Through the wifi connection car receives commands via the mobile app Mitsubishi. After cracking the Wi-Fi password and receiving communication between car and app security researchers have spent several days studying the protocol commands that send the app. When it appeared that the car performed commands like that were sent from the computer.

This makes it possible to put lights on and off, the air conditioning on and off, and set whether and when the car is charging the battery. The worst-case scenario, according to which PenTestPartners attackers through online tools and ssid find a car, sitting near to crack the Wi-Fi password, turn off the alarm and then take control of the car.

Users of the Outlander can prevent hacking through the app to disable the “fin-registration. Then it goes into sleep mode WiFi access and is not accessible, which can not take place the hack. With ten pressing the button on the remote users can enable the access again if they want to.

Mitsubishi is aware of the problem and is working on a fix through new firmware, which can push the car. Which will probably make the wifi password longer and possibly improve security between app and car.


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