Philips Hue smart bulb error exposes your WiFi network to hackers

Those of you who own a Hue smart bulb from the company let them read this article to protect themselves from the possibility of falling victim to hackers.


With smart devices well into our daily lives, the παραβίασης δεδομένων έχουν αυξηθεί κατακόρυφα. Οι hackers δεν προσπαθούν πλέον να παραβιάσουν τον υπολογιστή σας αλλά βρίσκουν νέες οδούς μέσω των έξυπνων συσκευών. Ένα τέτοιο παράδειγμα μας υπόδειξαν ερευνητές που αυτή την φορά βρήκαν σημεία στην Hue Light Bulbs της Philips.

Her researchers Check Point revealed today a new, high-severity vulnerability affecting Philips Hue Smart Light bulbs. This vulnerability, codenamed CVE--6007, μπορεί να δώσει σε hackers την δυνατότητα από απόσταση 100 μέτρων να αποκτήσουν πρόσβαση σε ένα στοχευμένο δίκτυο WiFi.

The underlying vulnerability lies in the way Philips applied the Zigbee communication protocol to its smart light bulb. ZigBee is a widely used wireless technology, designed to allow any device to communicate with any other device on the network. The protocol has been integrated into tens of millions of devices worldwide, including Amazon Echo, Samsung SmartThings, Belkin Emo and more.

The researchers did not disclose the full technical details of the vulnerability in order to give reasonable time to the affected manufacturers to apply the fixes. However, they shared a video showing the attack.

As seen in the video, in the attack scenario the hackers use a known bug (which has been detected in the past) to take control of the Hue lamp. This makes the device 'unreachable' to the users control application, forcing them to delete the lamp and then try to connect to it again.

The application in σκανάρει την ελέγχοντας για την ύπαρξη έξυπνων συσκευών και έτσι ανακαλύπτει την ελεγχόμενη από τον hacker έξυπνη λάμπα με ενημερωμένο firmware. Ο χρήστης την προσθέτει ξανά στο δίκτυό του.

Οι hackers εκμεταλλεύονται, στη συνέχεια, τα του πρωτοκόλλου ZigBee για να υπερφορτώσουν την προσωρινή μνήμη της σύνδεσης Hue λάμπας – κινητού τηλεφώνου – δικτύου, επιτρέποντάς τους να εγκαταστήσουν κακόβουλο λογισμικό στη διασύνδεση αυτή. Από εκεί και πέρα οι hackeres μπορεί να χρησιμοποιήσουν το κακόβουλο λογισμικό για να διεισδύσουν στο δίκτυο.

Check Point reported these vulnerabilities to Philips and Signify, owner of the Philips Hue brand, in November 2019, which just last month released an updated, patched firmware for the device.

If you do not have the firmware update feature enabled, we recommend that you install it manually immediately, and at the same time change the settings to refresh future updates. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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