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+ - Stack overflow could have caused unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles

Submitted by robertchin
robertchin (66419) writes "Michael Barr recently testified in the Bookout v Toyota Motor Corp lawsuit that the likely cause of unintentional acceleration in the Toyota Camry may have been caused by a stack overflow. Due to recursion overwriting critical data past the end of the stack and into the real time operating system memory area, the throttle was left in an open state and the process that controlled the throttle was terminated. How can users protect themselves from sometimes life endangering software bugs?"
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Stack overflow could have caused unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles

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