Apple Blocks KNOB Attack on Bluetooth

Originally published at: https://tidbits.com/2019/08/23/apple-blocks-knob-attack-on-bluetooth/

A critical vulnerability has been found in the Bluetooth specification that could allow an attacker to intercept data transferred between devices. Thankfully, it’s hard to exploit, and Apple has already released updates to address the vulnerability.

I’m guessing this affects my old iPod Nano (7th gen) when it talks to my car. There hasn’t been a software update to the iPod in ages, and I wonder if Apple will even consider addressing this vulnerability. If I have to drive without my music I’ll go nuts. :wink:

I’m confident that they won’t. Details concerning the likelihood of the vulnerability being exploited and the impact haven’t yet been scored at https://nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2019-9506, but from the description it appears to be low and who really cares if their music is being intercepted? I don’t think it’s worth spending time being concerned about it.

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