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Car Hacking Hands-On

Robert Leale | August 4-5 & August 6-7


Today's vehicles have multiple control modules that are linked via various types of networks. These networks have become pervasive and remain somewhat of an unknown in millions of vehicles on the road today.

This course will be both Lecture and Hands-On with and emphasis on student's ability to re-create course conditions after they have completed the course.

We will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to ECUs
  • Introduction to Vehicle Networks
  • Vehicle Sub-Systems Overview
  • Hands-On: Build a CAN Bus
  • CAN Bus Tools
  • Connect to our CAN Bus
  • Break/Fix our CAN Bus
  • View Data
  • Reverse Engineer Data
  • Transmit on our CAN Bus
  • Send Commands on our CAN Bus
  • DoS the Bus
  • Vehicle Immobilizer Systems
  • X-By-Wire Systems
  • Intro to V2X Infrastructure
  • Diagnostic Protocol
  • Security Access
  • Device Control
  • Sending Diagnostics Commands
  • Handling Errors
  • Device Control Redux
  • Open Hack Controllers

Who Should Take this Course

  • Automotive Manufacturers
  • Automotive Suppliers
  • Embedded Security Personnel
  • Aftermarket Electronics Engineers
  • Hobbyists

Student Requirements

Introductory course, no prior knowledge of vehicle systems is required.

What Students Should Bring

A PC with Windows 7 or newer.

What Students Will Be Provided With

Vehicle Interface Hardware and Simulation Hardware


Robert Leale has been a regular trainer of automotive electronic security for over 5 years. He also consult with the automotive industry on securing electronic systems. As the founder of CanBusHack, he has been at the forefront of vehicle data reverse engineering for over seven years. Robert is also the founder of the Car Hacking Village at Def Con.