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Key fob security


Expert in Dunning-Kruger Effect!
Mar 24, 2011
San Diego, CA
In our local neighborhood, there have recently been a huge number of car break-ins, that appear to be using something like this technique. Interestingly they mostly don't steal stuff from the car unless it's really easy (like cash); they seem to be much more interested in identity documents...


Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv
Jun 21, 2012
I don't see anything that lets me definitively conclude that Tesla is susceptible. Since it is a generic RF-relay attack that simulates the key being closer than it really is, I suppose it's possible for Tesla to be susceptible to this, but it's also possible that the security that exists between the two would not allow for their device to "impersonate the key" in the first place to generate the message required to relay back.

Note the Model S and Model X use different key mechanisms as well.

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