Apple Mac OS X up to 10.9.3 Bluetooth cryptographic issues

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A vulnerability was found in Apple Mac OS X up to 10.9.3 (Operating System) and classified as critical. Affected by this issue is some unknown functionality of the component Bluetooth. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a cryptographic issues vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-310. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Bluetooth in Apple OS X before 10.10 does not require encryption for HID Low Energy devices, which allows remote attackers to spoof a device by leveraging previous pairing.

The weakness was published 10/16/2014 by Mike Ryan with iSEC Partners as HT6535 as confirmed advisory (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2014-4428 since 06/20/2014. The attack can only be initiated within the local network. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1600. The advisory points out:

Unencrypted connections were permitted from Human Interface Device-class Bluetooth Low Energy devices. If a Mac had paired with such a device, an attacker could spoof the legitimate device to establish a connection.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 78871 (Apple TV < 7.0.1 Multiple Vulnerabilities (POODLE)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc..

Upgrading to version 10.10 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. The advisory contains the following remark:

The issue was addressed by denying unencrypted HID connections.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (97641) and Tenable (78871).








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Class: Cryptographic issues
CWE: CWE-310

Local: No
Remote: Partially

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Nessus ID: 78871
Nessus Name: Apple TV < 7.0.1 Multiple Vulnerabilities (POODLE)
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Upgrade: Mac OS X 10.10


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Advisory: HT6535
Researcher: Mike Ryan
Organization: iSEC Partners
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-4428 (🔍)
X-Force: 97641
SecurityTracker: 1031063 - Apple OS X Multiple Flaws Let Users Execute Arbitrary Code, Obtain Elevated Privileges, Bypass Security Restrictions, and Obtain Potentially Sensitive Information
Vulnerability Center: 46698 - Apple OS X, iOS and TV Spoofing due to Weak Encryption - CVE-2014-4428, Medium
SecurityFocus: 70636 - Apple Mac OS X CVE-2014-4428 Security Bypass Vulnerability
Secunia: 61825 - Apple iOS Multiple Vulnerabilities, Not Critical

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Created: 10/17/2014 10:22 AM
Updated: 02/23/2022 10:04 AM
Changes: 10/17/2014 10:22 AM (78), 06/09/2017 07:21 AM (7), 02/23/2022 10:04 AM (3)
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