Protecting Our Truck From Hackers - 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Long-Term Road Test

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel: Protecting Our Truck From Hackers

July 24, 2015

2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel

You may have heard of the Jeep Cherokee that was hacked and crashed by two professional computer scientists?

They exposed a flaw in the UConnect infotainment system that allowed them to take control of many of the vehicle's systems, gaining access by hacking into the vehicle's cellular connection used for on-board WiFi and other diagnostic services.

After sharing their findings with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Ram, a recall was issued to update the UConnect system to address the vulnerability.

Since our Ram uses the same UConnect system found in the Cherokee, we figured it was a good idea to install the security patch as soon as possible. I went to FCA's website, put in our Ram's vehicle identification number and confirmed it was affected. The website then showed me a step-by-step guide to downloading and installing the update myself. I also had the option to simply take it to the dealer to have them do the update.  

The process was straightforward and the instructions were clear. I downloaded the update to a thumb drive and then simply plugged it into the truck's USB port. It asked if I wanted to install the update and then proceeded to download it after I pressed "accept".

Since there were additional UConnnect updates to go along with the security patch, the full update took about 10 minutes to fully install. Once it was done, the screen returned to its normal state and that was it.

Pretty simple. It didn't take any deep computer knowledge to get it done, so any owner with the most basic computer skills could do it.  Hopefully it works.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 33,952 miles

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