Pentest Security Advisory : PTL-2004-03
WIDCOMM Bluetooth Connectivity Software Buffer Overflows
|Title:||WIDCOMM Bluetooth Connectivity Software Buffer Overflows|
|Announcement date:||11 August 2004|
|Products:||WIDCOMM Bluetooth Connectivity Software|
|Vulnerability Type:||Buffer Overflow|
|Vendor-Status:||Fixed in Release 3.0|
WIDCOMM's products provides a full range of Bluetooth connectivity solutions for PCs, PDAs, mobile phones, headsets, digital cameras, access points, and various output devices.
An unauthenticated remote attacker can submit various malformed service requests via Bluetooth, triggering a buffer overflow and executing arbitrary code on the vulnerable device.
On Windows platforms this allows arbitrary code execution under the context of the currently logged on user account.
WIDCOMM supply their Bluetooth Communications software to other companies to allow them to integrate Bluetooth technology into their devices. They also supply Bluetooth SDK's to enable developers to create applications that use Bluetooth. Therefore it may not be immediately apparent that you are using the WIDCOMM Bluetooth software and version numbers may vary.
WIDCOMM's website (http://www.widcomm.com/Partners/index.asp) reports the following companies as customers or partners with WIDCOMM:
Logitech Samsung Electro-Mechanics Sony Texas Instruments Compaq Computer Corporation Dell National Semiconductor Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Wistron NeWeb Corporation TDK Systems Europe Zeevo Cambridge Silicon Radio Billionton Broadcom Corporation LG Innotek MSI Fujitsu Siemens Computers Philips Silicon Wave Seiko Instruments Inc. TECOM Plantronics Mobilian Fujitsu Media Devices Limited OKI Electric Industry Co. Ltd. FIC Costar Brother Alcatel Atmel Conexant Systems, Inc. Microtune OSK
Pentest Limited have tested for the reported vulnerabilities against BTStackServer version 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 on both Windows XP and Windows 98 which ships with MSI Bluetooth Dongles. We have also tested this against an HP IPAQ 5450 running WinCE 3.0 with Bluetooth software version 1.4.1.03.
Pentest Limited have also written a proof of concept exploit for Windows XP.
Whilst the above platforms are the only platforms tested and confirmed to be exploitable by Pentest Limited, discussions with the vendor lead us to believe that are all versions prior to version BTW & BT-CE/PPC 3.0 are affected by this vulnerability.
WIDCOMM has not confirmed whether BT-PPC/Phone Edition, BT-Smartphone, BTE-Mobile or BTE are vulnerable.
|14-11-2003 -||Initial Pentest Limited Notification|
|14-11-2003 -||Notification acknowledged by WIDCOMM, request more detail|
|20-11-2003 -||Pentest notify WIDCOMM of another vulnerability|
|06-01-2004 -||Pentest send chase up Email without reply|
|13-01-2004 -||Another email|
|13-01-2004 -||WIDCOMM reply saying they are still working on it|
|21-01-2004 -||Pentest email WIDCOMM that they have written a POC exploit|
|23-01-2004 -||WIDCOMM reply saying they have resolved issue and fix will be available in next release|
|10-02-2004 -||Pentest ask for an update on expected release date|
|11-02-2004 -||WIDCOMM plan February/early March realease date|
|29-03-2004 -||Pentest ask for update|
|12-05-2004 -||Pentest ask for update|
|12-07-2004 -||Pentest send chase up Email without reply|
|26-07-2004 -||Pentest ask whether a patch will be released for older versions|
|03-08-2004 -||WIDCOMM respond. No date set for new release and no patch will be made available for older versions.|
Until version 3 of the WIDCOMM software becomes available from WIDCOMM or their customers/partners Pentest Limited recommend that end users stop using the vulnerable WIDCOMM Bluetooth software or set their Bluetooth device configuration to be non-discoverable or hidden. This will not stop the device from being vulnerable but it may limit the exposure.
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