This week, the security research firm Armis Labs announced a new critical security vulnerability affecting Bluetooth-enabled devices. The vulnerability, aptly known as BlueBorne, “spreads through the air” (no physical contact with the device is required) and may allow an attacker to take control of a device using Bluetooth wireless technology.
This vulnerability affects Bluetooth-equipped Windows computers, Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, and Linux computers.
What actions do I need to take?
- ITS-tagged Windows computers will receive this patch this month. Run Windows Update on your personal computers to ensure they are patched.
- Mac OS X computers are not vulnerable.
- Android devices should be updated with the latest available security patches.
- iOS smartphones and tablets should at least be running iOS 10.
- Linux computers should be updated with the latest security patches available.
- To be safe, turn off Bluetooth on your devices when not in use!