Tesla hacked again, 24 more zero-days exploited at Pwn2Own Tokyo

Pwn2Own Automotive Tokyo

Security researchers hacked the Tesla infotainment system and demoed 24 more zero-days on the second day of the Pwn2Own Automotive 2024 hacking competition.

Synacktiv Team (@Synacktiv) took home $100,000 after chaining two zero-day bugs for a sandbox escape to hack the Tesla Infotainment System.

They also used a three-chain zero-day exploit to hack the Automotive Grade Linux operating system for an additional $35,000.

On the first day of Pwn2Own Automotive 2024, Synacktiv also collected another $295,000 after getting root on a Tesla Modem and hacking Ubiquiti Connect EV and JuiceBox 40 Smart EV Charging Stations using three chains, exploiting a total of seven zero-days.

Throughout the second day, competitors demoed 24 unique bugs and earned $382,500, totaling 48 zero-days and $1,101,500 since the start of the competition.

After the Pwn2Own competition ends, vendors have 90 days to release security fixes before TrendMicro’s Zero Day Initiative publicly discloses the zero-days.

​The Pwn2Own Automotive 2024 hacking contest takes place in Tokyo, Japan, during the Automotive World auto conference from January 24 to January 26, focusing on automotive technologies.

During the contest, the hackers target electric vehicle (EV) chargers, infotainment systems, and car operating systems, including Automotive Grade Linux, Android Automotive OS, and BlackBerry QNX.

They’ll also attack Tesla Model 3/Y (Ryzen-based) and Tesla Model S/X (Ryzen-based) units, including the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and modem systems, both already hacked during the first two days of the tournament.

The top prize that can be earned is $200,000 in cash and a Tesla car for VCSEC, gateway, or autopilot zero-day vulnerabilities.

The complete schedule of this year’s automotive hacking contest is here, while the full schedule for the second day and the results for each challenge are available here.

Security researchers also earned $1,035,000 and a Tesla Model 3 car during the Pwn2Own Vancouver 2023 competition in March after demoing a total of 27 zero-days and several bug collisions.

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