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The Car Hacker's Handbook by Craig Smith

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8ATTACKING ECUS AND OTHER EMBEDDED SYSTEMS

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The ECU is a common target of reverse engineering, sometimes referred to as chip tuning. As mentioned in Chapter 7, the most popular ECU hack is modifying the fuel map to alter the balance of fuel efficiency and performance in order to give you a higher-performance vehicle. There’s a large community involved with these types of modifications, and we’ll go into more detail on firmware modifications like this in Chapter 13.

This chapter will focus on generic embedded-system methods of attack as well as side-channel attacks. These methodologies can be applied to any embedded system, not just to the ECU, ...

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