Contents tagged with Blue Tooth

  • Additional Bluetooth Drivers for Microsoft Bluetooth in Windows XP SP2

    Posted by bink on October 26 2007, 9:31 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    VinsVision.com has created a cool MSI package addding loads of new bluetooth drivers that will work with the native Microsoft BlueTooth stack:

    Since Windows XP SP2 was released, Microsoft introduced a major improvement in supporting and detecting Bluetooth devices. Now, a few years down the road, there are more and more problems in finding Bluetooth drivers that will work with Microsoft's native Bluetooth stack. This article explains a way around this issue and includes a Windows Installer msi file with 116 additional Bluetooth drivers. Continue At Source

  • Avoid wireless attacks through your Bluetooth Windows Mobile

    Posted by bink on October 12 2005, 3:14 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    Bluetooth® wireless technology is included with many cell phones and PDAs. It was initially designed to let you swap documents between other Bluetooth devices without the use of annoying connecting cables, but has since expanded to provide services such as Web connectivity and online game playing. However, any time you transmit information online, you can be vulnerable to online attack; and as the popularity of Bluetooth increases, so does its interest to cybercriminals.

    The Bluetooth process and vulnerabilityWhen it's set to "discoverable" mode, your Bluetooth cell phone or PDA sends a signal indicating that it's available to "pair" with another Bluetooth gadget and transmit data back and forth. However, an attacker who detects this signal could also attempt to pair with your device and hack in to steal your personal identification number (PIN). You could remain blissfully unaware, while the attacker, with your PIN in hand, could be:

    • Stealing information stored on your device, including contact lists, e-mail, and text messages. • Sending unsolicited text messages or images to other Bluetooth-enabled gadgets. • Accessing your mobile phone commands, which allows the attacker to use your phone to make phone calls, sent text messages, read and write phonebook contacts, eavesdrop on conversations, and connect to the Internet. • Installing a virus on your device that could wreak the same kind of havoc as a virus could on your computer—for example, slowing or disabling your service, or destroying or stealing information. Criminals have also been known to drive around with Bluetooth detectors, looking for cell phones and PDAs to infiltrate; and to outfit laptop computers with powerful antennas in order to pick up Bluetooth signals from as far as a half-mile away. The latest forms of high-tech attack even include forcing Bluetooth devices to pair with the attacker's device when they are not in the discoverable mode. (It's also very labor-intensive, so targets tend to be individuals known to have a very large bank account or hold expensive secrets.)

    Tips to improve your Bluetooth security• Keep your Bluetooth setting to "non-discoverable" (transmission-disabled) and only switch it to "discoverable" when you're using it. Just leaving your cell phone or PDA in the discoverable mode keeps it dangerously open for Bluetooth transmission—a Bluetooth user within up to a 30-foot range can receive your signal and potentially use it to access your device as you walk around town, drive, or even walk through your office. • Use a strong PIN code. Codes of five digits or longer are harder to crack. • Avoid storing sensitive data such as your social security number, credit card numbers, and passwords on any wireless device. • Stay up-to-date on Bluetooth developments and security issues, and regularly check with the manufacturer of your device for news on software updates or any specific security vulnerabilities. More Bluetooth tidbitsQ: Why is this technology called Bluetooth?A: Just as Bluetooth wireless technology links two different gadgets together, the 10th century Danish king Harald "Blatand" united the separate kingdoms of Denmark and Norway. "Blatand" loosely translates to "Bluetooth" in English.

    Q: What does it mean when someone gets "Bluejacked"?A: "Bluejacking" is one of many terms of Bluetooth attack jargon:

    • Bluejacking: sending unsolicited text messages • Bluesnarfing: stealing information • Bluebugging: stealing mobile phone commands • War-nibbling: driving around looking for Bluetooth signals to attack • Bluesniping: using a laptop and powerful antenna to attack from a distance

  • Bluetooth Remote Control for Smartphone (updated)

    Posted by bink on February 28 2005, 4:08 AM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    Bluetooth Remote Control for Smartphone, a Remote Control software using Native Bluetooth Transport without ActiveSync.

    With this software, you will be able to control remotely applications like Winamp, the Windows Mixer, the Windows Media Player, PowerPoint and others...

    Here is what you need to use this software :

    • An installation of the Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • A Bluetooth enabled Smartphone 2003 (like the Orange E200/QTEK 8080 and maybe the E500)
    • A Bluetooth radio on your laptop/desktop supported natively by Windows XP (which is detected by the Windows XP Control Panel)

     Download version 0.4.0 Continue At Source
  • Bluejacking software for Microsoft Smartphone users, enjoy Bluetooth to the max!!!

    Posted by bink on January 4 2005, 5:23 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    The SmartJacking application offers users the convenience of using Bluetooth-enabled Microsoft OS Smartphone to find new contacts, communicate over small distances, and share information related to their business.SmartJacking works as follows: your personal profile will tell other people about your personal information. In turn, define your search criteria for people you want to make contact with. Wherever you are, at a trade show, in a subway or a coffee house, your SmartJacking will be in continuous search for other SmartJacking users located nearby. If it finds another user with a profile matching your search criteria, the program will invite both users to get acquainted and start talking. You can also chat with your partner by Bluetooth. www.SmartJacking.com
  • Microsoft's ridiculously bad implementation of bluetooth part2

    Posted by bink on October 23 2003, 11:58 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    Few weeks ago I Posted an article of an blog of a MS employee and his dissatisfaction of his MS BlueTooth hardware.

    Here is his update

    sent out mail after my bluetooth rant a couple weeks ago... I started with a few people I knew... slowly grew the circle... eventually got forwarded to someone in the hardware group... eventually got to the right people... and started a conversation...

    • First - confirmation that the current bluetooth stack does not support SPP.
    • Second - confirmation that the hardware will support any profile that the software stack supports.
    • Third - no confirmation on SPP support in the future. Bummer.

    The good news - at "some point" in the future they are looking at supporting it, but nothing solid as of now.  I have hope at least...

    Chris Anderson Blog

  • Microsoft's ridiculously bad implementation of bluetooth

    Posted by bink on October 9 2003, 5:31 PM. Posted in Blue Tooth.

    From an MS employee's Blog who is having the same issues as I have:

    So yesterday I tried using my new Nokia 3650 with my friend's bluetooth keyboard. Dominic warned me that the MS bluetooth dongle was crap, but alas I didn't listen...

    I had my new phone today I headed home from work - I wanted to get this bluetooth thing going. You see, at work I tried the IrDa connection from my laptop to the phone, however for some reason (random Longhorn issue, device issue, sun spots, whatever) the IrDa connection would only last for about 5 seconds and the phone would never successfully connect. With that, I set out on a mission.

    I went to the company store and bought a new keyboard and mouse combo - we get a nice discount on the hardware for this, so I figured that even if the keyboard & mouse were just OK, it would still be a reasonably good deal depending on the cost of a bluetooth reciever. I brought the combo home, and searched the web...

    You see, the company store has a policy that hardware can only be returned if it is unopened or defective - if I found that a bluetooth reciever was relatively cheap I wouldn't keep the keyboard and mouse, but rather just get the reciever... I searched the web and found that recievers were going for around $50 - so the keyboard & mouse were an OK deal (not a stellar deal, we don't get that good of discounts <G>)

    I also research the web and find a MS KB article about hooking up my Nokia phone to the bluetooth reciever [located through RingTonerFest]... At this point I haven't broken the seal on the hardware, and I'm confident that with a little registry hack I will be good to go.

    I install the keyboard and mouse... pretty cool actually. The nice electric glow of the blue at the top of the reciever is quite pretty.

    Configure the phone. Try to connect. No. Try again. No.

    Time for more web research... Ahh, Nokia says that to connect their phone you need the "Serial Port Profile (SPP)", but of course... and I remember reading from Dominic that they only shipped a few profiles... more searching...

    Found a thread where someone says they talked to people from MSFT - they don't support SPP and probably won't until later in the year. However, their is a third party that has hacked it - BlueSoleil. Of course the demo version only supports 2MB of transfer, and my keyboard will stop working if I try it. Also, their install gives about 40 warnings about installing it... maybe not.

    Tommorrow I'll post some mail and see if I can find out anything internally - this is ridiculous.

    Source found via this Blog