BroadPwn potentially expose to hack millions of Android devices using Broadcom Wi-Fi Chip, update your “Broadcom-based” devices.
Black Hat 2017 is debuting in 3 days and with it a potential concern to most of us. It turns out that one of the conference presentations, entitled BROADPWN: REMOTELY COMPROMISING ANDROID AND IOS VIA A BUG IN BROADCOM’S WI-FI CHIPSETS , will detail how Broadcom BCM43xx Wi-Fi chipsets can be exploited to achieve full code execution on the compromised device without user interaction.
“An attacker within range may be able to execute arbitrary code on the Wi-Fi chip”, says Apple about this vulnerability (CVE-2017–9417) in today’s security bulletin .
Besides Apple, those chipsets are present on most smartphone devices like HTC, LG, Nexus and most Samsung models as well. Make sure to have this vulnerability fixed on all your devices — especially if you are planning to be in Las Vegas next week.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.