Dismantling Megamos Crypto: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobilizer


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Speaker: Roel Verdult, Radboud University Nijmegen
Authors: Roel Verdult, Radboud University Nijmegen; Flavio D. Garcia, University of Birmingham; Baris Ege, Radboud University Nijmegen


Update: This paper was presented at the 24th USENIX Security Symposium on August 12, 2015.

Due to a recent injunction by the High Court of London this talk cannot cover the technical core of the accepted paper. Instead, it will describe the background and context of the work we did on vehicle immobilizer systems. It puts our study in a broader spectrum of related work that is available in the academic literature. Furthermore, it mentions several alternative immobilizer systems that were introduced years ago by academia and industry which use openly designed and well-studied encryption algorithms like the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

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@inproceedings {193338,
author = {Roel Verdult and Flavio D. Garcia and Baris Ege},
title = {Dismantling Megamos Crypto: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobilizer},
booktitle = {22nd USENIX Security Symposium (USENIX Security 13)},
year = {2013},
address = {Washington, D.C.},
url = {https://www.usenix.org/conference/usenixsecurity13/dismantling-megamos-crypto-wirelessly-lockpicking-vehicle-immobilizer},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = aug

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