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Unpatched Exploit Lets You Clone Key Fobs and Open Subaru Cars


Tom Wimmenhove, a Dutch electronics designer, has discovered a flaw in the key fob system used by several Subaru models, a vulnerability the vendor has not patched and could be abused to hijack cars.

The issue is that key fobs for some Subaru cars use sequential codes for locking and unlocking the vehicle, and other operations.

These codes — called rolling codes or hopping code — should be random, in order to avoid situations when an attacker discovers their sequence and uses the flaw to hijack cars.

Car thieves can create duplicate, fully-working key fobs

Wimmenhove discovered the problem by sniffing the radio signals sent out by his own car’s key fob, which is nothing more than a short-range radio transmitter.

The electronics expert quickly realized that he could “clone” the key fob and create a fully-working, unauthorized duplicate.

“By receiving a single packet from

Read more at: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/unpatched-exploit-lets-you-clone-key-fobs-and-open-subaru-cars/

Subaru Dealer Holds BRZ Hostage After Facebook-Stalking The Owner’s Track Day Photos

You would think an owner like Natalie is exactly the sort of person Subaru would want for the BRZ. She clearly adores the car, and hers is modified, personalized and prominent on her social media accounts. Plus, it’s actually used in the way it was designed to be used. So why did her dealer attempt to hold her 2015 Subaru BRZ for ransom?

The answer is actually pretty complicated, and I’m not sure either side is completely in the right or wrong, either. Natalie’s tale (which she shared on Reddit, to a lot of attention, though she asked me not to use her surname here) does show some very questionable dealership practices and the confusing, often difficult ownership and warranty issues that come from using a sports car as we often advocate, on

Read more at: http://jalopnik.com/subaru-dealer-holds-brz-hostage-after-facebook-stalking-1795828438