LDRA and OpenSynergy partnership promotes defense-in-depth strategy for in-vehicle automotive applications
BERLIN–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and testing tools, and OpenSynergy, a specialist in high-quality in-vehicle automotive software, today announced their partnership to support and promote a defense-in-depth strategy combining hypervisor technology. with secure coding techniques.
Automotive connectivity is a constant concern, with vulnerability to attacks from bad actors demonstrated in models from various manufacturers. The inexorable rise in popularity of electric vehicles can only add to this unease as several characteristics of connected electric vehicles, such as batteries and their charging systems, have inherent safety implications.
Automotive application developers are already familiar with the requirements of functional safety standards, including the development, validation and verification processes defined by ISO 26262, and with the ability of the LDRA tool suite to help achieve these goals. The benefits of virtualization in the automotive industry are also well known, and cutting-edge COQOS hypervisors offer development teams an opportunity to reduce costs; reduced size, weight and power of the device (SWaP); improved CPU performance and a convenient migration path for unmodified legacy applications.
However, it is their ability to provide a domain separation mechanism that is critical for automotive cybersecurity. The need for inter-process communication (IPC) between these domains is inevitable and a likely source of vulnerabilities. The role of the secure application code is essential in this context because the code processing the data processed by the IPCs has a key role to play in the defense of a potential weakness of a virtualized architecture.
OpenSynergy focuses on the COQOS Hypervisor SDK automotive virtual platform based on VIRTIO technology. The hypervisor on this platform runs directly on System-on-Chip (SoC) application cores and creates multiple virtual machines (VMs). Each VM is isolated from the others. This separation allows functions with different real-time behaviors and functional safety requirements to be performed simultaneously on a single SoC.
“The wisdom of a defense-in-depth strategy is unquestionable,” said Matthias Stumpf, vice president (VP) Sales OpenSynergy. “Defenses against cyber attacks are often thought of as akin to a medieval castle with a moat, perimeter walls and armed soldiers all operating independently. But the combination of LDRA’s secure encoding and OpenSynergy’s hypervisor technology goes beyond that analogy by combining defenses that support each other, ensuring a level of security they could not provide independently.
“Automotive application software developers have a lot to do,” added Ian Hennell, COO, LDRA. “The requirements of ISO 26262 are demanding enough, and the emergence of the connected car with its implications for cybersecurity only adds to these challenges. By providing a suite of tools that simultaneously achieve safety and functional safety goals and focuses on the secure coding of software associated with inter-process communications, we hope to help alleviate the load.
The LDRA tool suite and the OpenSynergy hypervisors have been certified by SGS TüV as suitable for the development of security software compliant with ISO 26262. In addition, the LDRA tool suite offers support packages for qualification of ‘tools for qualification of LDRA tools for high assurance. applications requiring regulatory approval.
The availability of products
For more than 40 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for the security, mission, security and business-critical markets. Working with customers to achieve early error identification and elimination, and full compliance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and testing. verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. With a global presence, LDRA is headquartered in the UK, US, Germany and India, as well as an extensive network of distributors. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit www.ldra.com.
OpenSynergy provides embedded software products for the next generation of vehicles. Its hypervisor and communication products pave the way for an integrated driving experience.
The COQOS Hypervisor SDK Automotive Virtual Platform integrates a mix of real-time applications and open source solutions on powerful domain controllers. It supports a wide range of features corresponding to the VIRTIO virtualization standard, creating maximum flexibility: guest operating systems can be used and reused on different systems-on-chips.
Blue SDK, the automotive industry’s leading Bluetooth® stack, is one of OpenSynergy’s communication platforms. It is the benchmark Bluetooth® implementation for many OEMs around the world. Blue SDK Fusion variant offers reliable automotive grade Bluetooth stack for AndroidMT Automotive operating system.
OpenSynergy additionally provides free automotive grade software components suitable for Android.MT Open Source Project (AOSP) to boost Android adoption in the automotive industry.
OpenSynergy also provides engineering services to support the customization of its products.
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