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Security update removes hard-coded credentials from MyCar Controls app


Motor vehicle technology and equipment provider AutoMobility Distribution Inc. has updated its MyCar Controls telematics mobile application for iOS and Android in order to eliminate the use of insecure hard-coded credentials.

The MyCar app offers geolocation services as well as remote start/stop and lock/unlock capabilities to vehicles that come with a compatible remote start unit. But the presence of hard-coded credentials could allow unauthenticated attackers to send commands to or retrieve data from a targeted MyCar unit, which in turn would enable them to determine the location of a user or even gain physical access to a vehicle.

This mistake is fixed in version 3.4.24 for iOS and 4.1.2 for Android, according to a vulnerability advisory from the CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute.. AutoMobility Distribution Inc. also revoked the admin credentials in old versions of the app. Rebranded versions of MyCar such as Carlink, Linkr, Visions MyCar and MyCar Kia were securely updated as well.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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