[Busec] next seminar: Wei Si and Prof. Ari Trachtenberg, 8/12 at noon

Ari Trachtenberg trachten at bu.edu
Thu Aug 8 22:56:39 EDT 2013

Our next MET-sponsored RISCS seminar will be this Monday, August 12, from
noon-1pm in PHO 339.  We will have two speakers (abstracts follow):

1.  Wei Si, "Hacking In-Car Wireless Networks: A Tire Pressure Monitoring System Case Study"
2.  Prof. Ari Trachtenberg, "Blackhat and Defcon 2013 recap"

As usual, a light lunch will accompany the seminar.  Hope to see you there!
Speaker:  Wei Si
Title: Hacking In-Car Wireless Networks: A Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Case Study

In this talk, I am going to present the work of researchers from Univ. of
South Carolina and WINLAB of Rutegers Univ. Nowadays, wireless networks
are being integrated into the modern automobile. The first wireless network
installed in every new vehicle is actually the tire pressure monitoring
system (TPMS). In the TPMS, there is one wireless sensor attached to each
wheel. For each sensor, there is one antenna nearby to receive data from
the sensor and transfer to the central receiver through wires. The wireless
communication between the sensor and the antenna is where the researchers
focus on. Despite lack of documentation on the communication protocol, the
researchers were able to figure out the message format through reverse
engineering. They find out that the current TPMS does not employ
authentication, thereby allowing them to trigger tire pressure warning
messages through message spoofing. Finally, they give a set of
recommendations for improving the privacy and security of TPMS.
Speaker:  Prof. Ari Trachtenberg
Title:  Blackhat and Defcon 2013 recap

Last week's Blackhat and Defcon showcased yet another fabulously intriguing
collection of attacks and defenses, for example:
  * How to cheaply and legally create a million-dollar botnet.
  * How to get arbitrary code to authenticate against Google's certifications
	(and give you root) on most Android devices.
  * How to make millions of dollars buying cars and outwitting Russian hackers.
We will outline these and other talks with varying levels of technical detail, as time permits.
Prof. Ari Trachtenberg            ECE, Boston University
trachten at bu.edu                    http://people.bu.edu/trachten

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