The Taub Faculty of Computer Science News and Announcements
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
KeeLoq is a cipher used in several car anti-theft mechanisms
distributed by Microchip Technology Inc. It may protect your car if
you own a Chrysler, Daewoo, Fiat, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Volkswagen, or Jaguar.
The cipher is included in the remote control device that opens and
locks your car and that activates the anti-theft mechanism.
Each device has a unique key that takes 18 billion billion values.
With 100 computers, it would take several decades to find such a key.
Therefore Keeloq was widely believed to be secure. In our research we
have found a method to identify the key in less than a day. The
attack requires access for about 1 hour to the remove control device
(for example, while it is stored in your pocket). Once we have found
the key, we can disactivate the alarm and drive away with your car.
The attack has been extensively tested using software simulations.
This research is the joint work between 3 research groups:
the computer science department of the Technion, Israel, the research
group COSIC of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and the
Hebrew University, Israel.
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