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Friday, May 5 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Saving My Car By Hacking It: A Tale of Joy and Woe

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One fine summer day, my 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier decided to die. Desperate to save my beloved car, I embarked on a journey to save it.
After some troubleshooting, the problem was narrowed down to the car’s anti-theft system. Even after replacing every component, including the car’s computer, the anti-theft system would still shut off the engine a few seconds after starting it. Rather than give up, I decided to attack the component responsible for making this decision -- the computer.
This talk will discuss my descent into madness as I strove to hack the car’s PCM to disable its anti-theft feature. Everything from physically extracting and dumping the Flash chip holding the PCM’s firmware, to reverse engineering the code, to actually writing a simulator and debugger for a completely unknown device, to finally patching the PCM’s firmware will be described for your entertainment and edification.

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Brandon Wilson

Brandon Wilson is an East Tennessee State University graduate, software developer, application security consultant, and hacker of random things like game consoles and TI graphing calculators. An avid tinkerer of anything USB-related, he has spoken at DerbyCon about BadUSB and appeared... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Scruffy City Hall 32 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 37902