Car Hacker's Handbook
by OpenGarages

NOTE: The new Car Hacker's Handbook (2016) will be published by No Starch Press. You can order a copy here: Car Hacker's Handbook

Below you can download the book in several different formats. The license of the books is under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, which lets you share it, remix it, and share your remixes, provided that you do so on a noncommercial basis.

We are also looking for guest authors for future versions, fixes to the current versions as well as different formats. Please send any updates/info/files to Craig Smith.

Table of Contents
  • Intro
  • Understanding Attack Surfaces
  • Infotainment Systems
  • Vehicle Communication Systems
  • Engine Control Unit
  • CAN Bus Reversing Methodology
  • Breaking the Vehicle
  • CAN Bus Tools
  • Weaponizing CAN Findings
  • Attacking TPMS
  • Ethernet Attacks
  • Attacking Keyfobs and Immobilizers
  • FLASHBACK - Hotwiring
  • Attacking ECUs and other Embedded Systems
  • What does your hacker garage need?


If you want to buy a copy, physical or ebook, here are some links:

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If you want to donate you can. We accept direct bitcoin but what I would much rather see is a donation of a book to someone who wants it. Here is a list of of libraries and hackerspaces that would like a copy of the book. If you want to donate one to one of these organizations then purchase a physical copy and use their address. Then send me the receipt and I'll mark them off the list and give you credit. If you have an organization that would like a donated book then please send me and email and I'll add you to the list. Email Craig Smith


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