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Discussion of hacks and exploits in computers and phones has become very popular in recent years.Everyone loves giving exploits quirky names, or discussing how all of their devices are at risk because you get no updates because the manufacturer stops giving a fuck about you the moment you pay them.
But really, even in the modern era, it's hard to think of an exploit that has potential for as much damage as this one.The name of the exploit is 'Blueborne', and as you may have noticed from the title, it's a Bluetooth related exploit. The hack was discovered by a company called Armis, and they notified Microsoft, Google and Apple in April, and all the companies have issued a patch to fix this exploit. But again, how many device manufacturers send out updates? For the ones that do, how many percent of the userbase installs them?
There are 2 things that make Blueborne extra hot:The fact that it's an exploit related to the device discovery and pairing part of bluetooth. Basically, Blueborne allows you to hack someone's phone without any interaction on the user's part. The user doesn't have to connect to a device. They don't have to click some weird popup.They don't have to give some app permission to do something. The only thing the user has to do is leave their bluetooth ON. They don't even have to make the device discoverable! When the hacker is inside your device, they have the same permissions as you do. So again, the user won't suddenly get a weird prompt asking for some permission. They don't have to open some app and interact with it. The hacker can even launch apps and press buttons remotely!
This is a video from Armis, demonstrating the attack on a Google Pixel:The interesting thing about this exploit, is that it works on basically every device out there. Android, iOS, Windows, Linux(yeah, Linux ...