When it comes to the hacking community, Tesla has a very positive history to interact with them, and for that last year, Tesla increased the payout for any reported vulnerability to $15,000. Not only that, this year at Pwn20wn contest the company took it even further.
They decided to give a free Tesla Model 3 car to anyone who successfully gain access to the car’s infotainment system. Pwn20wn is an annual hacking and security conference where if hackers successfully PWNS a device or system by exposing an unknown vulnerability they win the device and other prizes as well.
Tesla is the 1st ever car company to take part in this conference regarding its infotainment system. On the last day of the event, their challenge got beaten when a team of two men Fluoroacetate exposed the Tesla Model 3 infotainment system vulnerability.
Although the team didn’t tell anything about how they managed to enter the system but only said that they have introduced a JIT bug in the renderer for the in-car browser. Tesla thanked them for exposing the unknown vulnerability and gave them a pair of the Tesla Model 3.
Tesla’s VP of Vehicle Software David Lau said on the company’s involvement in the Pwn2Own conference that
we develop our cars with the highest standards of safety in every respect, and our work with the security research community is invaluable to us.
The Tesla cars are now one step closer to being safe from the hackers, but if they could stop their cars from driving towards the traffic barriers then that would be great for cars security too.
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