The Computer Security Devision of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have released their Guide to Bluetooth Security. Just had a short look at it, but I think it worth to read it. Especially the part about the new security features of Bluetooth 2.1 with Secure Simple Pairing (SSP). There are also some other quite interesting publications around.

Seems that FTE is finally reacting on the fact that you can easily copy their Comprobes firmware to other, regular Bluetooth USB dongles. First, with their new hardware they released earlier this year, also the structure of the firmware has changed. Therefore the newer firmware wont work out of the box the good old way.

Second they seem to have changed their licensing policy. You have to register your software (with your license key) of FTE4BTonline. And, that’s the funny thing, seems that you also have to ‘de-register’ your software online. Means: when you want to install your software somewhere else, de-install it on the other PC and ‘de-register’ it online. Then install it on the other PC. What happens when your old PC is br0ken? No idea.

Anyway.. maybe that way more people will be interested in building their own and free Bluetooth sniffer.

This weekend the CBBQWE08 will take place in Dortmund, Germany, Old Europe. It’s organized by the CCC Dortmund there will be some lectures – I will give an overview of the new security features of Bluetooth Secure Simple Pairing – but the main focus of the event is the BBQ and having some fun. I hope it will be good weather.

Remark: FTE changed something in their firmware, therefore the described way does not work anymore!

Found this slides, which give you a nice 20min walk through for changing your BT dongle to a BT sniffer.

Hi, there!

Look what I found on a business trip in the US, I am not sure if it’s the world’s smallest Bluetooth Dongle – but a least the smallest I know.

cirago Bluetooth dongle

Unfortunately it’s not the world’s smallest Bluetooth sniffer, because it’s a ROM and you can’t update it :-(

$ hciconfig hci0 revision
hci0: Type: USB
BD Address: 00:de:ad:be:ef:D0 ACL MTU: 310:10 SCO MTU: 64:8
Unified 21e
Chip version: BlueCore4-ROM
Max key size: 128 bit
SCO mapping: HCI

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