A few days ago, we reported that two hackers were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee by tapping into the car's Uconnect infotainment system. Now, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has issued a software update for 1.4 million vehicles to help protect against these type of remote manipulations.
The Problem: Some vehicles equipped with 8.4-inch touchscreens have software vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to remotely control certain parts of the car. FCA notes that it has already taken network-level measures to prevent these kind of attacks. The software update, which consists of a USB device, will provide additional protection. The automaker is not aware of any injuries, complaints, warranty claims, or accidents apart from real-world demonstrations performed by hackers for the media.
The Fix: FCA will mail owners a USB drive that includes a software update to eliminate potential security vulnerabilities. Owners may also choose to update the software to their own USB drive by visiting this website, or by taking their vehicle directly to a Chrysler dealer.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Vehicles affected by the recall include the 2013-2015 Dodge Viper; Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups; and Ram 3500, 4500, and 550 Chassis Cabs. Also included in the recall are 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango SUVs. Rounding out the list are the 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, and Dodge Challenger cars. In total, the recall includes 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S.
Source: NHTSA, FCA