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Uptane, a collaboration of NYU Tandon, the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), is based upon TUF (The Update Framework) developed by NYU Tandon Computer Science and Engineering Professor Justin Cappos.

Keep hackers off of your wheels—Uptane
Don’t let nefarious coders take you for a ride. Late-model cars are basically just engines wrapped in computers. Those computers need updates, but malicious code hidden in software can leave you driving a couple tons of compromised steel. Hackers could track you, or even steer you off the road. Uptane — an open-source software protocol — checks incoming instructions for correct cryptographic signatures before accepting any downloads.


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