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Bluetooth Vulnerability found in Android, iPhones and Laptops

Cert, vulnerability specialist has found a serious vulnerability that needs a quick fix in a wide range of Bluetooth enabled devices, tablets and personal computers.


According to cert, “Bluetooth firmware or operating system software drivers may not sufficiently validate elliptic curve parameters used to generate public keys during a Diffie-Hellman key exchange, which may allow a remote attacker to obtain the encryption key used by the device.”

This means that a hacker who’s within any Bluetooth range can easily intercept basically all the data that is being transferred. That includes not only notifications but also includes security codes for two-factor authentication. In the description on its website, Cert wrote

Bluetooth utilizes a device pairing mechanism based on elliptic-curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) key exchange to allow encrypted communication between devices. The ECDH key pair consists of a private and a public key, and the public keys are exchanged to produce a shared pairing key. The devices must also agree on the elliptic curve parameters being used. Previous work on the “Invalid Curve Attack” showed that the ECDH parameters are not always validated before being used in computing the resulted shared key, which reduces attacker effort to obtain the private key of the device under attack if the implementation does not validate all of the parameters before computing the shared key.

In some implementations, the elliptic curve parameters are not all validated by the cryptographic algorithm implementation, which may allow a remote attacker within wireless range to inject an invalid public key to determine the session key with high probability. Such an attacker can then passively intercept and decrypt all device messages, and/or forge and inject malicious messages.

Both Bluetooth low energy (LE) implementations of Secure Connections Pairing in operating system software and BR/EDR implementations of Secure Simple Pairing in device firmware may be affected. Bluetooth device users are encouraged to consult with their device vendor for further information.

Devices Affected

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Android Open Source ProjectAffected18 Jan 201825 Jul 2018
AppleAffected18 Jan 201825 Jul 2018
BroadcomAffected18 Jan 201819 Jun 2018
GoogleAffected19 Mar 201825 Jul 2018
IntelAffected18 Jan 201823 Jul 2018
QUALCOMM IncorporatedAffected18 Jan 201825 Jul 2018
MicrosoftNot Affected06 Feb 201820 Jul 2018
RSA Security LLCNot Affected25 Jul 2018
Bluetooth SIGUnknown06 Feb 201806 Feb 2018
Linux KernelUnknown05 Mar 201805 Mar 2018

Bluetooth has since released a statement

Ini Laurence
Simple, Always Curious.


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