chicksdaddy (814965) writes "Factory-installed and even aftermarket identity management applications may soon be standard components on automobiles, as the federal government looks for ways to leverage automation and collision avoidance technology to make the country’s highways and roadways safer. That’s the conclusion of a new report from the Government Accountability Office. Vehicle to vehicle communications are poised to take off, but that significant security and privacy challenges must first be met, identity management top among them, GAO found.
The report, GAO 14-13 (http://gao.gov/assets/660/658709.pdf) said that the US Dept. of Transportation (DOT) is looking at public-key infrastructure (PKI) deployments that would allow automobiles to authenticate to each other and ensure that the data being transmitted has not been tampered with.
GAO quotes officials at one auto industry consortium known as “CAMP VSC 3,” which includes Ford Motor Company, GM, Honda and Mercedes, saying that the security system will need to be able to detect “misbehaving devices—such as devices that are malfunctioning, used maliciously, or hacked,” then “automatically revoke certificates from vehicles with such devices.”"
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