Everything You Need to Know about the BlueBorne Virus

Making headlines the world over, the BlueBorne Virus is considered as one of the most rapidly growing malware attacks of the present time. It has put over 8.2 billion devices (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) globally at a risk. Since it can affect your device even without being connected to the internet (as it is airborne), it is being identified as one of the most advanced kinds of security threats with 8 zero-day vulnerability.

It affects the vulnerability on connected devices via Bluetooth, which makes it cross-platform in nature. To help you protect your device from the BlueBorne iOS and Android attack, we have come up with this extensive guide. Read on and learn every essential thing about the BlueBorne Android and iOS malware.

Part 1: What is the BlueBorne virus?

Originally detected by Armis Labs, the BlueBorne vulnerability is a vector that can corrupt Android, Windows, Linux, and iOS devices. Since it enters a device via Bluetooth and is airborne in nature (spreads over the air), it is named as “BlueBorne”.

After entering your device, the BlueBorne virus can take a complete control of it. This includes its data, network, usability, and more. It can even penetrate through secure networks and spread through Bluetooth from one device to another. A wide range of attacks include Man-in-the-Middle and the execution of malicious codes can be caused by the BlueBorne Android or iOS.

blueborne virus

Currently, experts are in the process of identifying the patches to inhibit the spread of the BlueBorne vulnerability. Though, with the vast spread of IoT (Internet of Things), it is pretty tough to control the virus’s reach so quickly.

Part 2: What devices/platforms are vulnerable to the BlueBorne virus?

As stated above, Android, iOS, Windows, and Linux devices that support Bluetooth are vulnerable to the BlueBorne virus. For your convenience, we have provided an extensive listing right here.

Android

Four BlueBorne vulnerability types have been identified in Android-based tablets, wearables, and smartphones. While the CVE-2017-0781 and CVE-2017-0782 BlueBorne Android vulnerability can lead to remote code execution, CVE-2017-0785 can leak your data, and CVE-2017-0783 can perform the Man-in-the-Middle attack. Majorly, all the leading Android devices like Galaxy phones, Pixel, LG smartphones, wearables, and car audio systems are vulnerable to the BlueBorne Android virus.

iOS

It might surprise you, but all the leading iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch) running on iOS 9.3.5 and older versions are vulnerable to the BlueBorne iOS attack. Even Apple TV with 7.2.2 and lower versions can be infected with the BlueBorne iOS code injection. The patch was already fixed in iOS 10.

Windows

All the major Windows systems that run on Windows Vista and later versions can be affected by the virus with an evident Man-in-the-Middle attack.

Linux

Most of the commercially available devices around us operate on some or other version of Linux. While lots of the users think that Linux systems can’t be infected with a virus, it is a misinterpreted fact. If your Linux device is running on version 3.3-rc1 or later editions, then it can be affected by the virus. Your information can be leaked if your device is running on Linux BlueZ.

Part 3: How to check if your device is affected by BlueBorne?

The BlueBorne virus does not essentially require the infected device to be paired with some other device to spread. Even if the target device is in the discoverable mode, it can spread from the source without any trouble. Therefore, it is important to check if your device has been infected with BlueBorne or not. This will help you take an ideal course of action to safeguard your device.

You can simply take the assistance of the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app by Armis Security to do the same. Simply follow these steps:

1. To start with, you need to download the app on your device. For instance, if you have an Android device, then you can go to its Google Play Store page to download the app.

2. After installing the app, launch it to get the following interface. Simply tap on the “Tap to Check” button to commence the process.

install blueborn vulnerability scanner

3. Wait for a while as the app will check whether your device is vulnerable to the BlueBorne virus or not.

4. In a few seconds, it will display the result and let you know if your device is vulnerable or not.

your device is vulnerable to bluetooth

5. Additionally, you can get to know whether your nearby devices are vulnerable or not. Simply go to its Menu (Options) and tap on “Search Nearby Devices”.

check nearby devices

6. This will illustrate the nearby devices with their security level. You can tap on any device to get more information related to it.

blueborn vulnerability results

Part 4: How to protect your device from the BlueBorne virus?

With 8 zero-day vulnerabilities being associated with the BlueBorne virus, there are only a handful of things we can do to protect our devices from the threat. Here are some of them:

  • To start with, use the BlueBorne Vulnerability Scanner app to check whether your device is vulnerable to the attack or not. If your device is vulnerable, then you should take the needed steps to protect it.
  • Make sure that your device is updated with a recent patch level. For instance, the latest patch level released for Android devices was on September 9, 2017. Update your device as soon as possible to avoid the BlueBorne virus.
  • Since the BlueBorne virus spreads through the air and on devices with their Bluetooth on, it is highly recommended that you should turn off your device’s Bluetooth. Try not to use your device’s Bluetooth until the BlueBorne vulnerability has been fixed with a patch.
  • Since only iOS 9.3.5 and older versions can be infected with the BlueBorne iOS virus, we recommend updating your device to iOS 10 to the least.
  • Ideally, you should also remove all the sensitive information on your device or take the backup of your data files that you don’t want to lose beforehand.
  • We hope that this guide will help you to diagnose the BlueBorne vulnerability on your device. Keep your devices safe from the BlueBorne Android or iOS attack and take every necessary measure to safeguard your device and content. If you have any query related to the BlueBorne virus, feel free to let us know about it in the comments below.

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