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Category Archives: software engineering

Ford and Google Auto-Auto Collaboration … Oil and Water?

– We see that Ford and Google are discussing entering a collaborative arrangement in order to advance the progress of developing AUTOnomous AUTOmobiles (which I’m thinking of calling Auto-Autos or Auto-Squared), in a rapidly-evolving highly-competitive marketplace. Could this be a dream come true?…

It’s the Culture … and Dead Canaries

– It appears that Volkswagen’s internal auditors “… found no evidence to suggest that members of the executive board or supervisory board were involved in the diesel fraud …” according to an article “VW Says ‘Culture’ Flaw Led To Crisis” by William Boston, Hendrik Varnholt…

Automobile Safety Systems ARE Subject to International Standards

– In all the discussions, which I have read in newspapers, or seen online and on television, about the Volkswagen “defeat device” software deception, there have been few, if any, references to international standards that should be applied to safety-critical systems in general and to automotive…

Juiced Beetle Not a Bug – Intentional Malware

– An editorial column in the September 24, 2015 Wall Street Journal had the title “The VW Emission Bug.” The “defeat-device” software, which Volkswagen confirmed that they had installed in some of their diesel cars, certainly wasn’t a bug, as my October 5, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “When…

Software Security Recall for Jeeps

– Author’s Note: This is a follow-up to my July 27, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer ‘Dismayed.’” Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles for security-related, versus safety-related, vulnerabilities is a very big deal and may pave the way for an entirely new approach to…