AutoSec Pro: Vehicle Cybersecurity Mastery (W52) - Pentestmag

DURATION: 18 hours

CPE POINTS: On completion you get a certificate granting you 18 CPE points. 

Course launch date: February 12th, 2024

AutoSec Pro is an immersive course diving into the world of automotive cybersecurity, providing an in-depth understanding of modern vehicle systems and their vulnerabilities. This cutting-edge course leverages a hands-on approach to exploit and mitigate potential threats while seamlessly integrating the ISO 21434 standard. Harness the power of innovation and technology as you spearhead the effort to safeguard the future of smart transportation.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for a variety of individuals seeking to broaden their knowledge and enhance their skillset in the realm of automotive cybersecurity. Target audience members include:

  1. Automotive Engineers: Professionals already in the automotive sector looking to expand their skillset with knowledge of cybersecurity practices specific to their field.
  2. Cybersecurity Professionals: Individuals in cybersecurity roles seeking to diversify their portfolio with expertise in the burgeoning field of automotive cybersecurity.
  3. IT Professionals: Those in various IT roles who are interested in exploring the specialized area of vehicle cybersecurity.
  4. Tech Enthusiasts: Anyone with a keen interest in the intersection of vehicles and cybersecurity, looking to stay on the cutting edge of technological advancements.
  5. Policy Makers: Individuals involved in crafting policies related to automotive technology and cybersecurity who need a thorough understanding of the field.
  6. Career Changers: People looking to transition into a rapidly growing field with significant future demand.

Why take it NOW?

As we stand on the cusp of a revolution in the automotive industry, with autonomous and connected vehicles poised to redefine our conception of transportation, the immediate need for comprehensive cybersecurity expertise has never been greater. Cyber threats are evolving concurrently with these technological advancements, making NOW the most opportune time to equip yourself with the knowledge to defend against these looming threats.

The "AutoSec Pro: Vehicle Cybersecurity Mastery" course offers cutting-edge content that keeps pace with this rapidly changing field, providing timely insight and training. The skills acquired in this course today will position you at the forefront of an industry that's increasingly integral to our everyday lives. By investing your time now, you're establishing yourself as a trailblazer in a field that's only going to grow in importance and demand. It's not just about staying ahead of the curve—it's about defining it. So, seize the moment and start your journey in vehicle cybersecurity mastery today.

Why this course?

AutoSec Pro: Vehicle Cybersecurity Mastery" is a stepping stone into the developing convergence of automotive technology and cybersecurity. As the world moves toward autonomous and connected automobiles, taking this course will provide you with the necessary abilities to defend these complex systems. With hands-on experience and adherence to the international ISO 21434 standard, this training not only broadens your knowledge but also improves your global marketability. Here's your chance to protect the future of transportation while continually stretching your intellectual curiosity in an area where learning never stops. Dive in and make a real difference in this important technology landscape.

Course benefits:

What skills will you gain?​​ ​​​

  1. Conduct comprehensive penetration tests on automotive systems, identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities.
  2. Implement robust cybersecurity measures in line with the ISO 21434 standard.
  3. Analyze and assess potential cybersecurity risks in connected and autonomous vehicles.
  4. Formulate strategies for the mitigation of identified cybersecurity risks.
  5. Adapt quickly to emerging cybersecurity threats and challenges in the automotive industry.

What will you learn about?

  1. Understand the architecture of modern vehicle systems and their associated cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
  2. Know how to conduct comprehensive penetration tests on automotive systems to identify and exploit vulnerabilities.
  3. Learn how to implement effective cybersecurity measures to safeguard automotive systems.
  4. Gain a thorough understanding of the ISO 21434 standard and its application in the automotive sector.
  5. Develop the skills to assess and mitigate potential cybersecurity risks in connected and autonomous vehicles.

What tools will you use?

Eventually, AutoHackOS will be enough for every setup, which contains every vulnerable practice simulators and attacking tools. VirtualBox & AutoHackOS as guest OS.

Course general information: 

Course format: 

  • Self-paced
  • Pre-recorded
  • Accessible even after you finish the course
  • No preset deadlines
  • Materials are video, labs, and text
  • All videos captioned

What will you need?

To learn and practice this course, you won’t need hardware as we have simulators to practice on. All of the required software are already present in AutoHackOS.

What should you know before you join?

Before joining this course, it's beneficial for students to have (not mandatory):

  1. Basic Knowledge of Automotive Systems: A foundational understanding of how vehicles operate and are interconnected will be helpful.
  2. Familiarity with Cybersecurity Principles: A basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts and principles, such as encryption, authentication, and penetration testing, is expected.
  3. Programming Skills: Knowledge of programming languages, such as C, C++, Python, or Java, would be advantageous due to their relevance in automotive systems and cybersecurity exploits.
  4. Networking Concepts: Understanding basic networking concepts, including TCP/IP and CAN bus systems, is beneficial as these are integral to modern vehicle systems.
  5. Software Familiarity: Prior experience with software like Wireshark, Metasploit, or similar cybersecurity or network analysis tools can help facilitate learning.
  6. Eagerness to Learn: While these skills and experiences will be advantageous, the most important prerequisite is a willingness to learn and explore the exciting and complex field of automotive cybersecurity.


Ravi Rajput is well-known for his work in automotive security and discovering vulnerabilities in systems. He has spent over eight years in this area, mainly focusing on making vehicles safer. Currently, he's involved in four research projects on vehicle security. Before this, he led a group called Null Ahmedabad, dedicated to cyber security.

Ravi has a knack for public speaking and often shares his knowledge at various conferences. He has spoken at UnitedCon, Null, Bounty Bash, Bsides in cities like Delhi, Maharashtra, and Ahmedabad. He discusses various topics, such as reverse engineering, exploit development, web reconnaissance, as well as complex subjects like post-exploitation, persistence, and antivirus evasion.

One of his notable achievements was presenting at BlackHat Asia 2023, a well-regarded conference in the security world. At this event, he launched AutoHackOS, a unique system designed for testing car security. This added to his recognition in the industry.



Module 1

Introduction to Automotive Systems & Cybersecurity

In Module 1, we lay the foundation for the course by introducing the students to the basics of modern automotive systems, the network architecture of these vehicles, and the fundamentals of automotive cybersecurity. The module concludes with a comprehensive understanding of ISO 21434, the international standard for cybersecurity engineering.

Module 1 covered topics: 

1.1 Overview of Modern Automotive Systems

  • Understanding the basics of modern vehicles
  • The network architecture of vehicles: CAN, LIN, FlexRay, and Ethernet

1.2 Introduction to Automotive Cybersecurity

  • Importance of cybersecurity in the automotive sector
  • Overview of potential threats and vulnerabilities

1.3 ISO 21434: Cybersecurity Engineering Standard

  • Understanding the key elements of ISO 21434
  • How the standard applies to automotive cybersecurity

Module 1 exercises:

  • Quiz for topics covered in Module 1

Module 2

 Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Analysis, and RF Exploitation

The first hour of this module will delve into the methodology of penetration testing and the tools and techniques specific to the automotive sector. The next hour will be focused on identifying vulnerabilities and exploring RF exploitation, particularly KeyFob hacking and the use of Proxmark3.

Module 2 covered topics: 

2.1 Basics of Penetration Testing

  • Understanding penetration testing methodology
  • Automotive penetration testing: Tools and Techniques

2.2 Vulnerability Analysis & Radio Frequency (RF) Exploitation

  • Identifying vulnerabilities in automotive systems
  • Understanding common exploit methods
  • RF Exploitation: KeyFob Hacking and Proxmark3

2.3 Hands-on Practice

  • Simulated penetration testing scenarios
  • Analysis of results and identification of vulnerabilities
  • Practical RF Exploitation

Module 2 exercises:

  1. Students will spend 30 minutes on a guided exercise using a penetration testing tool to simulate an attack on a virtual automotive system. This will reinforce their understanding of penetration testing methodologies and give them hands-on experience.
  2. Following the lesson on RF exploitation, students will have a 20-minute interactive session where they discuss potential vulnerabilities that could be exploited via RF and potential mitigation strategies.
  3. A 10-minute quick quiz at the end of the module will test students' knowledge on the topics covered in this module.

Module 3

Risk Assessment, Mitigation Strategies, and BLE/WiFi Hacking

The first 50 minutes of this module will delve into risk assessment, instilling a risk-based thinking approach and teaching students how to identify and analyze potential risks in automotive cybersecurity. The next 50 minutes will focus on designing robust mitigation strategies and applying the ISO 21434 standard. The final half hour will be dedicated to the basics of BLE/WiFi hacking in an automotive context.

Module 3 covered topics:

3.1 Risk Assessment & BLE/WiFi Hacking

  • Understanding risk-based thinking
  • Identifying and analyzing potential risks in automotive cybersecurity
  • Basics of BLE/WiFi hacking in an automotive context

3.2 Mitigation Strategies

  • Designing robust cybersecurity defenses for automotive systems
  • Applying the ISO 21434 standard to mitigation strategies

3.3 Hands-on Practice

  • Simulated risk assessment scenarios
  • Development and implementation of mitigation strategies
  • Practical BLE/WiFi hacking exercises

Module 3 exercises:

  1. Students will spend 20 minutes on a case study, identifying potential risks in a given scenario and suggesting appropriate mitigation strategies. This will reinforce their understanding of risk assessment and mitigation.
  2. A quick, 10-minute quiz at the end of the module will test students' knowledge on risk assessment, mitigation strategies, and BLE/WiFi hacking.

Module 4

Advanced Topics, Future Trends, and Firmware/Application Security

The first hour of this module will involve a deep dive into complex vulnerabilities and exploits, advanced defense mechanisms for automotive cybersecurity, and techniques and methodologies for firmware reversing. The next 30 minutes will focus on browser fuzzing (DOM fuzzing) principles and practices, and Android application security testing with MobSF. The final hour will be spent on exploring future trends in automotive cybersecurity, including emerging technologies and future challenges and opportunities.

Module 4 covered topics:

4.1 Advanced Exploits and Defense

  • Deep dive into complex vulnerabilities and exploits
  • Advanced defense mechanisms for automotive cybersecurity
  • Firmware Reversing: Techniques and methodologies
  • Browser Fuzzing (DOM Fuzzing): Principles and practices
  • Android Application Security Testing with MobSF

4.2 Future Trends in Automotive Cybersecurity

  • Overview of emerging trends and technologies in the sector
  • Discussion of future challenges and opportunities in automotive cybersecurity

4.3 Hands-on Practice

  • Advanced penetration testing scenarios
  • Firmware reversing exercises
  • Browser fuzzing practicals
  • Android application security testing exercises
  • Exploration of potential future scenarios in automotive cybersecurity

Module 4 exercises:

  1. Students will spend 30 minutes on a guided firmware reversing exercise, using a sample firmware provided to them. This will reinforce their understanding of firmware reversing techniques.
  2. A 10-minute interactive discussion session will be conducted at the end of the Android application security testing section, allowing students to share their experiences and discuss potential application vulnerabilities and mitigation strategies.
  3. A quick, 10-minute quiz at the end of the module will test students' knowledge on advanced exploits and defense, firmware reversing, browser fuzzing, Android application security testing, and future trends in automotive cybersecurity.

Final Exam

  1. Theoretical Assessment:

This will include a set of multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, and case studies covering all topics from the modules. The questions will assess your understanding of automotive systems, automotive cybersecurity principles, penetration testing methodologies, risk assessment strategies, and future trends in automotive cybersecurity.

  1. Practical Assessment:

This part of the exam will involve a series of hands-on tasks using different tools and technologies.

  • Vulnerable APK (CTF Styled Challenge)
  • Vulnerable Firmware  (CTF Styled Challenge)
  • WiFi Packets for cracking using air crack  (CTF Styled Challenge)


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