Security experts from Check Point discovered a high-severity flaw (CVE-2020-6007) in Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs that can be exploited by hackers to gain entry into a targeted WiFi network.
Lightbulbs could be remotely controlled through a mobile app or via a digital home assistant, owners could control the light in the environment and even calibrate the color of each
The CVE-2020-6007 flaw ties the way Philips implemented the Zigbee communication p
ZigBee is an IEEE 802.15.4-based specification for a suite of high-level communication protocols used to create personal area networks with small, low-power digital radios, such as for home automation, medical device data collection, and other low-power low-bandwidth needs, designed for small scale projects which need wireless connection.
The buffer overflow occurs in the “bridge” component that accepts remote commands sent to the bulb over Zigbee protocol from other devices such as a mobile app.
“Check Point’s researchers showed how a threat actor could exploit an IoT network (smart lightbulbs and their control bridge) to launch attacks on conventional computer networks in homes, businesses or even smart cities.” reads the report published by
Researchers did not reveal technical details or PoC exploit for the vulnerability to allow users to patch their systems.
The researchers published is a video that shows how they have exploited the vulnerabilities in the Philips Hue bridge to compromise a target computer network and to attack the computer itself using the
Below the attack chain that was visible in the video PoC:
“Many of us are aware that IoT devices can pose a security risk, but this research shows how even the most mundane, seemingly ‘dumb’ devices such as lightbulbs can be exploited by hackers and used to take over networks, or plant malware.” explianed Yaniv Balmas, head of cyber research at Check Point. “It’s critical that organizations and individuals protect themselves against these possible attacks by updating their devices with the latest patches and separating them from other machines on their networks, to limit the possible spread of malware. In today’s complex fifth-generation attack landscape, we cannot afford to overlook the security of anything that is connected to our networks.”
Check Point reported the issue to Philips and Signify (owner of the Philips Hue brand) in November 2019. The company released firmware p