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PASTA: Portable Automotive Security Testbed with Adaptability

Conference:  BlackHat EU 2018

2018-12-05

Summary

PASTA is a portable automotive security testbed with adaptability that aims to provide a comprehensive development platform against vehicle cyberattacks.
  • The development of sophisticated driving-assist technologies such as automated driving poses a challenge in securing vehicles against cyberattacks.
  • PASTA is a transparent ECU with high adaptability that allows anyone to apply technology and evaluate it.
  • PASTA simulates actual vehicles through hardware and provides an adaptable platform for developing measures for existing cybersecurity.
  • PASTA also allows for the simulation of any function in actual vehicles using white-box ECUs.
  • PASTA is portable, making it easy to demonstrate and evaluate applied security techniques.
  • PASTA has the potential to contribute to a comprehensive development platform against vehicle cyberattacks.
The presentation highlights the need for an adaptable platform for developing measures against cybersecurity threats in the automotive industry. The speaker mentions the famous incident where hackers remotely controlled a ship's wipers, audio systems, and steering wheels, resulting in Chrysler recalling one million vehicles. This incident highlights the need for better cybersecurity measures in the automotive industry.

Abstract

For accelerating the development of sophisticated driving-assist technologies such as automated driving, securing vehicles against cyberattacks is challenging. To promote the development of security-measurement methods, a company's electronic control unit (ECU) places tough restrictions on security analysis. In such circumstances, we need an environment that includes transparent ECUs with high adaptability. Ideally, anyone will be able to apply technology and evaluate that technology with ECUs. Simulating an actual vehicle through hardware is also required for assessing threats of cyberattacks. We need not only to provide an adaptable platform for developing measures for existing cybersecurity but also simulate any function in actual vehicles using white-box ECUs. In addition, to easily demonstrate and evaluate the applied security technique, it is important to make the environment portable. Considering these requirements, we propose the portable automotive security testbed with adaptability (PASTA), and give an example for evaluating it for proof of concept. PASTA has the possibility to contribute to a comprehensive development platform against vehicle cyberattacks.

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