Mercedes-Benz cooperate with Tencent Keen Lab to improve the Strength IT security

Mercedes-Benz cooperate with Tencent

Mercedes-Benz reinforces and guarantees the trust and protection of the data and security of its customers. To achieve this goal, the skills of the global community must be used. Therefore, our company values ​​the work of researchers who dedicate time and energy to helping Mercedes-Benz deliver safety that meets the needs for speed and innovation. 

Researchers at Tencent Security Keen Lab have been conducting a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) hardware and software. In the eight-month study, Tencent Keen Lab has tested the MBUX infotainment system. During the eight-month study, Tencent’s Keene Lab tested the MBUX infotainment system. 

The Keen Lab team discovered several security issues in MBUX and successfully exploited certain attack surfaces on the host and T-Box. They have already gained physical access for the first time and have entered the main infotainment ECU – the main unit due to the rear remote access. 

This allows them to remotely perform certain infotainment functions of the vehicle (i.e. change the color of the interior lighting, display an image on the infotainment screen …). Also, they demonstrated how to destroy the internal chip in the T-Box, which was demonstrated by sending arbitrary CAN messages from the debug (non-production) version of the T-Box. 

At the same time, the two parties have jointly developed solutions to the problems discovered and have started implementing repair procedures. This is only possible after excellent research by the Tencent Security Keen Lab team and close cooperation with Mercedes-Benz experts. This began immediately after Keene Lab notified the company in December 2020. 

To continually improve the safety of our vehicles, the world is absolutely precious to us. “Mercedes-Benz Tel Aviv CEO Adi Ofek said he is responsible for Mercedes-Benz automotive IT security. In addition to their deep experience, I would also like to thank the Keen Lab team for their fruitful cooperation, and we look forward to continuing this cooperation in the future. “

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