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October 27-29, 2024 | Cleveland, OH

Project Update: Seed Key Issue

Tuesday, October 29
1:30-2:00 pm
Hope Ballroom D

30 minutes

Tanker trailers? They aren't just big, dumb hunks of metal. They have a powerline databus, PLC4TRUCKS, which is accessible wirelessly. We found ECUs running the KWP2000 diagnostic protocol on PLC4TRUCKS, supposedly secured with their fancy seed-key exchange. But guess what? Those seeds are way more predictable than they should be. A bit of timing trickery, a classic reset attack, and boom – we're in, no peeking at the ECU's responses needed. Blind, non-contact attacks on PLC4TRUCKS? Yep, we found a way.

Join us for this eye-opening session hosted by Ben Gardiner, Senior Cybersecurity Research Engineer at NMFTA, where we will delve into the surprising vulnerabilities of modern tanker trailers. Discover how wireless unauthorized diagnostic access isn't just a problem for older equipment but also affects newer trailer brake controllers. This session will highlight the urgent need for future tractors to deploy mitigations that protect trailers from wireless attacks.

For trucking executives, fleet owners, VPs of Technology, VPs of Information Security, IT professionals, and cybersecurity researchers, understanding the vulnerabilities in tanker trailer systems is crucial. This session will provide insights into how these vulnerabilities can be exploited and what steps need to be taken to protect your fleet.

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed about the latest vulnerabilities and how to protect your assets. Join us to learn about the critical security challenges facing modern tanker trailers and the steps you can take to safeguard your fleet.

Who Should Attend:

This session is designed for all stakeholders in the trucking industry concerned with the cybersecurity of their equipment, including executives, fleet owners, IT professionals, and cybersecurity researchers.

Session Hosts


Ben Gardiner

Senior Cybersecurity Research Engineer, NMFTA

Ben Gardiner is a senior cybersecurity research engineer contractor at the National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) specializing in hardware and low-level software security. Prior to joining the NMFTA team in 2019, Gardiner held security assurance and reversing roles at a global corporation, as well as worked in embedded software and systems engineering roles at several organizations.

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