Author Archives: Bill Murphy


On Fitbit activity-tracker devices, certain addresses never change. According to the popets-2019-0036.pdf document, this leads to "permanent trackability" and "considerable privacy concerns" without a user-accessible anonymization feature. The devices, such as Charge 2, transmit Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) advertising packets with a TxAdd flag indicating random addresses, but the addresses remain constant. If devices come within BLE range at one or more locations where an adversary has set up passive sniffing, the adversary can determine whether the same device has entered one of these locations.

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An issue was discovered in the America’s Army Proving Grounds platform for the Unreal Engine. With a false packet sent via UDP, the application server responds with several bytes, giving the possibility of DoS amplification, even being able to be used in DDoS attacks.

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