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QNX more secure; FCA to adopt it?

by David Zatz on

QNX has been made more secure, according to its developer, BlackBerry, with the launch of QNX Hypervisor 2.0. That allows multiple systems to run at once on the same chipset, just as a Mac user can run Windows and UNIX in a virtual environment; or a Windows user can run multiple versions of Windows or Linux virtually.

The advantage of this is that even if a hacker made it through a lower-level system, such as the audio system — which allows access to USB thumb drives and satellite information — it could be kept from escaping into other systems.

BlackBerry did not name who would be using it; FCA and Ford are among current QNX users, though Alfa Romeo is using Linux for its new systems. FCA did not comment on whether they would use the software.  Via Automotive News

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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