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Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2017 21:08:31 +0000
From: Armis Security <>
Subject: Linux BlueBorne vulnerabilities


We are writing to inform you of two security vulnerabilities we have found
in the Bluetooth stack in Linux (BlueZ).

These vulnerabilities have been made public yesterday (Sept. 12, 2017), and
are part of 8 vulnerabilities we have disclosed to various vendors (as a
group they are called "BlueBorne").

Both Linux-related vulnerabilities where disclosed to
The kernel-related vulnerability (CVE-2017-1000251) was also disclosed to
Both disclosures began on Sept. 5, 2017, and patches were made available
yesterday and today.
I will link to these patches bellow.

1) CVE-2017-1000250
This vulnerability lies in the bluetoothd process, in the processing of
incoming requests in the SDP server. It is an information disclosure
vulnerability in the function service_search_attr_req (src/sdpd-request.c)
that handles incoming sdp search attribute requests. It can be triggered
without any user interaction in the victim’s machine and without any prior
authentication (pairing), as it is part of stack’s Service discovery
protocol (SDP) server that is meant to be accessed prior to authentication.
This vulnerability can lead to a very large information disclosure from the
heap of the bluetoothd process, that can potentially hold critical
information including Bluetooth encryption keys, or other valuable data.

Here are the specifics of this vulnerability:
In the SDP server search attribute request handler
(service_search_attr_req, under src/sdpd-request.c), this flow exists:
} else {
/* continuation State exists -> get from cache */
sdp_buf_t *pCache = sdp_get_cached_rsp(cstate);
if (pCache) {
uint16_t sent = MIN(max, pCache->data_size -

pResponse = pCache->data;
                             pResponse + cstate->cStateValue.maxBytesSent,
buf->data_size += sent;
cstate->cStateValue.maxBytesSent += sent;
if (cstate->cStateValue.maxBytesSent == pCache->data_size)
cstate_size = sdp_set_cstate_pdu(buf, NULL);
cstate_size = sdp_set_cstate_pdu(buf, cstate);
} else {
SDPDBG("Non-null continuation state, but null cache buffer");

When a long response is returned to a specific search attribute request, a
continuation state is returned to allow reception of additional fragments,
via additional requests that contain the last continuation state sent.
However, the incoming “cstate” that requests additional fragments isn’t
validated properly, and thus an out-of-bounds read of the response buffer
(pResponse) can be achieved, leading to information disclosure of the heap.

A patch for this vulnerability was pushed today to BlueZ upstream:

2) CVE-2017-1000251

This vulnerability is an RCE vulnerability in the Kernel's implementation
of Bluetooth's L2CAP (net/bluetooth/l2cap_core.c):

In l2cap_config_rsp this flow exists:
         set_bit(CONF_REM_CONF_PEND, &chan->conf_state);
         if (test_bit(CONF_LOC_CONF_PEND, &chan->conf_state)) {
             char buf[64];
             len = l2cap_parse_conf_rsp(chan, rsp->data, len,
                            buf, &result);
The function l2cap_parse_conf_rsp parses the configuration elements in the
configuration response (rsp->data), and copies them (after validating them)
to the output buffer (buf). The function does not receive a maximum length
of the output buffer, and this buffer is allocated on the stack of
l2cap_config_rsp. So sending a configuration response which contains a
large number of configuration elements (they can also be the same type of
element repeated multiple times) - would cause a stack overflow of the
output buffer (buf). Reaching this case (L2CAP_CONF_PENDING) is achievable
by sending a configuration request with an EFS element, and setting the
stype field to L2CAP_SERV_NOTRAFIC, prior to the crafted configuration
response that would trigger the stack overflow.

A patch for this vulnerability was pushed yesterday to upstream Linux

If you need any additional information on these issues we would be happy to

Thank you,
Armis Labs

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