Tesla is the latest company to adopt Chromium engine for the web browser in the cars. The company has been working to implement Chromium and the news was confirmed by Elon Musk.
Musk replied to a Tesla owner who complained about the consistency of the web browser on Twitter. He said that the company is working on an upgrade.
About to be upgraded to Chromium
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 22, 2019
Unfortunately for Tesla, the system has already been hacked. Yesterday we reported that hackers have broken into several systems at Pwn2Own 2019. The systems included Tesla’s new Chromium-based browser experience. Fluoroacetate targeted the infotainment system (Chromium) on the Tesla Model 3 using a JIT bug in the renderer and won $35,000 and a Model 3.
Confirmed! The @fluoroacitate duo used a JIT bug in the renderer to win $35,000 and a Model 3. What a great way to kick off the automotive category of #Pwn2Own.
— Zero Day Initiative (@thezdi) March 22, 2019
While the hack is definitely bad news for Tesla, it’s good that the exploit was discovered before the public rollout. This gives Tesla an opportunity to fix the bug before the rollout and make sure it’s not exploited by hackers in the future.