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Your BMW just downloaded a security patch


Your BMW just downloaded a security patch


Have a BMW, Mini or Rolls Royce with the ConnectedDrive feature parked in your driveway? Maybe all three? Well, it turns out there was a bug that allowed ne'er-do-wells to manipulate it -- entirely wirelessly. According to Reuters, by simulating a fake phone network researchers at German outfit ADAC (essentially Deutschland's AAA) were able to gain access to systems governed by the platform's SIM card by spoofing a cell tower. They've even put together a video describing the gap in security which you can check out after the break -- if you speak German. While the vulnerabilities didn't include anything related to steering, acceleration or braking, the ConnectedDrive does have access to traffic information, air conditioning and... door locks.

For its part, BMW says it hasn't seen any reports of compromises to vehicle security, and now it's using HTTPS to encrypt all data transmissions. Perhaps best of all? Owners of the 2.2 million affected vehicles didn't need to hit the dealership for this patch -- it was already delivered over the air. The update pushed automatically once the system connected to BMW's servers recently, but those who keep a car stored may want to hop in and hit the "Update Services" button. Good thing, because taking all three of your rides in for service (like they did in 2012 to fix a problem with the ODB port that thieves actually used to steal cars, and as of 2014 were still using on unpatched vehicles) would probably be kind of inconvenient.

Affected models:


1 Series Convertible, Coup? and Touring (E81, E82, E87, E88, F20, F21)

2er Active Tourer, Coup? and Convertible (F22, F23, F45)

3 with Convertible, Coupe, GT, Touring and M3 (E90, E91, E92, E93, F30, F31, F34, F80)

4p Coupe, Convertible, Gran Coupe and M4 (F32, F33, F36, F82, F83)

5 Series GT and Touring (F07, F10, F11, F18)

6 Series Gran Coupe Convertible (F06, F12, F13)

7 Series (F01, F02, F03, F04)

I3 (I01), I8 (I12)

X1 (E84), X3 (F25), X4 (F26) X 5 (E70, F15, F85), X6 (E71, E72, F16, F86), Z 4 (E89)


Three-door and five-door hatchback (F55, F56)

Rolls Royce

Phantom Coupe and Drophead Coupe (RR1, RR2, RR3)

Ghost (RR4)

Wrait (RR5)

[Image credit: BMW - AFP/Getty Images, control unit - ADAC / Uwe Rattay]

Source: Reuters, BMW, ADAC (German)

More Coverage: Jalopnik,

Tags: ADAC, automobile, bmw, ConnectedDrive, hack, https, mini, MobileData, RollsRoyce, Sim, transportation

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Stewart: Why'd Obama Skip France but Drop Everything to Visit Saudis?


Stewart: Why'd Obama Skip France but Drop Everything to Visit Saudis? | Mediaite

Jon Stewart found it just a little bit odd that President Obama dropped everything to go to Saudi Arabia for the late king's funeral but couldn't be bothered to go to the Paris unity rally.

Stewart noticed some hypocrisy in people like Obama, railing against how corruptible our politics is becoming, throwing principle by the wayside and being so chummy with Saudi Arabia, while conveniently forgetting about that whole "pretty bad on human rights" thing.

And it wasn't just Obama. Lots of U.S. politicians and government officials attended. Hell, John McCain and Nancy Pelosi were yukking it up. Stewart figured out why: "These motherf-ckers only fight here in America!"

Watch the video below, via Comedy Central:

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