Fiat Chrysler Expands Software Update to 2015 Vehicles
Company Also Applies Network-Level Remote Access Block to Prevent Hacking
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is expanding its infamous software update to include model-year 2015 vehicles. Now, owners of the 2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 pickup and Chassis Cab, 2014-2015 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and 2014-2015 Dodge Durango are included in the software update, which only affects vehicles equipped with a certain Uconnect infotainment system.
As before, owners can visit FCA’s Uconnect webpage and enter their vehicle identification numbers to see if they are included in the software recall. From there, they can download the recall onto a USB drive, which they then plug into their vehicles. Alternatively, FCA will be sending a USB drive to owners of the affected vehicles, and owners may also bring their rides into a dealership for quick, free service.
In a bid to reduce its vehicles’ vulnerability, FCA also applied network-level security measures to the cellular network that carries Uconnect information. The updates block remote access to certain vehicle systems, thereby preventing the kind of manipulation that was evident in Wired magazine’s recent article about the hackability of the Jeep Cherokee. The security improvement was tested and rolled out within the Uconnect cellular network on July 23 and required no customer action.
The software update now encompasses an estimated 1.4 million cars whose security may be compromised. In addition to the Ram and Jeep products affected, owners of certain 2015 Chrysler 200 and 300 and Dodge Charger and Challenger vehicles may be vulnerable, as well as 2013-2015 Viper coupes.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles