Secure Wireless Automotive Software Updates Using Blockchains: A Proof of Concept

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mobility book series (LNMOB)


Future smart vehicles will employ automotive over-the-air updates to update the soft ware in the embedded electronic control units. The update process can affect the safety of the involved users, thus requires a comprehensive and elaborate security architecture ensuring the confidentiality and the integrity of the exchanged data, as well as protecting the privacy of the involved users. In this paper, we propose an automotive security architecture employing Blockchain to tackle the implicated security and privacy challenges. We describe our proof-of-concept implementation of a Blockchain-based software update system, use it to show the applicability of our architecture for automotive systems, and evaluate different aspects of our architecture.


Automotive security architecture Blockchains Wireless software update Over-the-air updates Security Privacy Scalability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Virtual Vehicle Research CenterGrazAustria
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)University of New South Wales (UNSW)SydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Institute for Technical InformaticsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  4. 4.Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) DATA61, BrisbaneAustralia

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