[$] Linux and automotive computing security

As Linux makes inroads into
automotive computing, the security question takes on an urgency not
found on desktops and
servers. Too often, though, Linux and open source
software in general are perceived as insufficiently battle-hardened
for the safety-critical needs of highway speed computing —
reading the comments on an automotive Linux news story it is easy to find
a skeptic scoffing that he or she would not trust Linux to manage the
engine, brakes, or airbags. While hackers in other embedded
Linux realms may understandably feel miffed at such a slight, the
bigger problem is said skeptic's presumption that a modern Linux-free
car is a secure environment — which is demonstrably untrue.