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The BlueSnarf attack is probably the most famous Bluetooth attack, since it is the first major security issue related to Bluetooth enabled devices. BlueSnarf has been identified by Marcel Holtmann in September 2003. Independently, Adam Laurie discovered the same vulneralbility in November 2003 posted the issue on Bugtraq and got in touch with the respective device manufacturers.


In order to perfom a BlueSnarf attack, the attacker needs to connect to the OBEX Push Profile (OPP), which has been specified for the easy exchange of business cards and other objects. In most of the cases, this service does not require authentication. Missing authentication is not a problem for OBEX Push, as long as everything is implemented correctly. The BlueSnarf attack connects to an OBEX Push target and performs an OBEX GET request for known filenames such as 'telecom/pb.vcf' for the devices phone book or 'telecom/cal.vcs' for the devices calendar file. (There are many more names of files in the IrMC Specification). In case of improper implementation of the device firmware, an attacker is able to retrieve all files where the name is either known or guessed correctly.

Links - Adam Laurie's page about the BlueSnarf attack

People Involved

For questions about the BlueSnarf attack, feel free to ask Adam Laurie or Marcel Holtmann.

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