Fiat Chrysler Software Update Improves Electronic Security
Technical Service Bulletin Issued Today For Updates
Just like computers, smartphones, and other electronic devices, automobile software can sometimes need a little rehash. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is releasing an update today that will help improve affected vehicles’ cybersecurity and offer communications system enhancements. Owners of the vehicles will be notified via technical service bulletin (TSB).
The company says this software update will reduce the potential risk of unauthorized access to vehicle systems, but it also includes Uconnect improvements that were released on 2015 Fiat Chrysler vehicles. All 2013-2014 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 models are included in the TSB, as are the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee and 2014 Dodge Durango. (The 2013-2014 Viper is included as well, by the way.)
By closing the open entry ports in the vehicle’s electronic control units, the software update prevents unauthorized access to the vehicle systems. The company says that such open entry ports are commonplace among vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, but Fiat Chrysler’s Embedded System Quality Engineering team identified them as a potential risk.
The vehicle’s owner can install the update, which is free of charge, but dealerships are also ready to perform it as well. Other software upgrades may become available in the future as well.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC