Critical Bluetooth Vulnerability in Android

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Lovely, a use-after-free vuln that can be used to pwn Android devices via Bluetooth. So, along with the ambient tracking, additional battery drain, additional non-servicible battery to keep charged until it wears out, and general shittyness of Bluetooth audio, another reason why the removal of headphone jacks from devices for the "wireless future" is dumb. I've got a couple pairs of Bluetooth headphones that I'll use around the house or office, so I can pace while connected to a computer or [appliance Blutetooth tx dongle replacing a pre-bluetooth rf model on my] TV, but that's about the only use-case I've found where wired isn't better in every way. Also, as usual, the way the fondleslab software ecosystem has coalesced is super dumb so droves of devices are now permanently vulnerable. This shit should have been standardized over a HAL/discovery mechanism/bootloader as soon as they started being user-exposed general purpose computers, even the abortion that is the PC ACPI and UEFI stack is better than ARM SoC's interfaces.
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