Chrysler discovered a rather problematic security flaw in several of its vehicles and has now created a security update to fix the problem. The previous security software implemented on these vehicles didn't adequately prevent remote access to the vehicles.
Chrysler's security software used on many of its vehicles had one major vulnerability before this update: The security did not block remote access to the vehicles. Obviously, this is a major problem, as the last thing you want to happen when you are trying to drive is to realize that your car has a mind of its own. The security update fixes this defect by blocking remote access from cellular networks.
Despite this security problem affecting several vehicles sold by Chrysler, the company reported that no injuries were caused by the issue. The list of affected vehicles are as follows:
2013-2015 MY Dodge Viper specialty vehicles2013-2015 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups2013-2015 Ram 3500, 4500, 5500 Chassis Cabs2014-2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Cherokee SUVs2014-2015 Dodge Durango SUVs2015 MY Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger sedans2015 Dodge Challenger sports coupes
To get the new security update, owners of these vehicles have two options. They can either go to a Chrysler dealership to get the update installed, or they can wait for a USB device with the security update, which will be mailed to them. The USB device can then be connected to the car to update the software.