Bluetooth, does it spark joy?

Broadcom’s Bluetooth firmware on popular devices – such as Nexus 5, Nexus 6P, Raspberry Pi 3, and Raspberry Pi 3+ – shares the same firmware update mechanisms, which allows for local firmware modifications. With InternalBlue we published a framework to change lower Bluetooth layers. In this talk we go even further and demonstrate a remote exploit in the Broadcom firmware.

In the first part of this talk we present the InternalBlue framework, which allows to experiment with Broadcom-based Bluetooth chips. We present how we pushed reverse engineering with symbols we found in an evaluation kit to support a proprietary diagnostics mode, which allows monitoring LMP and LCP traffic. The second part of this talk focuses on security. We show how behavior during pairing can be modified, e.g. by setting other device features or IO capabilities. We also demonstrate an implementation of the recent publicly known ECDH key exchange attack. Last, we demonstrate a new attack (CVE-2018-19860) that can crash the Bluetooth stack and execute a limited set of functions – only requiring knowledge of the Bluetooth MAC address of the device under attack. This vulnerability has silently been patched in newer firmware versions, but it applies to Broadcom chips in popular devices such as Nexus 5, Raspberry Pi 3, iPhone 6, Xperia Z5, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, MacBook Pro 2016 and more. Compared to our 35C3 talk we will present more live demos and rely less on pre-recorded videos.

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