Penetration Testing and Vulnerability Assessment for Vehicle Automation Platforms

Attack Vector Utilized in Testing and Assessment


An analyst is performing penetration testing and vulnerability assessment activities against a new vehicle automation platform.

Which of the following is MOST likely an attack vector that is being utilized as part of the testing and assessment?



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IoT devices also often run real-time operating systems (RTOS)

These are either special purpose operating systems or variants of standard operating systems designed to process data rapidly as it arrives from sensors or other IoT components.

The most likely attack vector being utilized as part of the testing and assessment of a new vehicle automation platform is E) CAN bus.

Explanation: Vehicle automation platforms, such as self-driving cars, rely on a range of technologies, including various hardware components, software, and communication protocols to operate. Penetration testing and vulnerability assessment activities aim to identify security weaknesses in these technologies that attackers could exploit to compromise the system.

FaaS (Function as a Service), RTOS (Real-Time Operating System), SoC (System on a Chip), and GPS (Global Positioning System) are not specific attack vectors but rather describe various components of a vehicle automation platform that may be targeted in an attack.

However, the CAN bus (Controller Area Network) is a communication protocol commonly used in modern vehicles to allow different components to communicate with each other. It is a potential attack vector because attackers can manipulate CAN bus messages to take control of vehicle functions, such as acceleration, braking, and steering, leading to dangerous situations. Therefore, it is important to test and assess the security of the CAN bus and other communication protocols in a vehicle automation platform.