USN-3856-1: GNOME Bluetooth vulnerability

14 January 2019

gnome-bluetooth vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


GNOME Bluetooth could allow unintended access to devices.

Software Description

  • gnome-bluetooth - GNOME Bluetooth tools


Chris Marchesi discovered that BlueZ incorrectly handled disabling Bluetooth visibility. A remote attacker could possibly pair to devices, contrary to expectations. This update adds a workaround to GNOME Bluetooth to fix the issue.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
gnome-bluetooth - 3.28.0-2ubuntu0.1
libgnome-bluetooth13 - 3.28.0-2ubuntu0.1

To update your system, please follow these instructions:

After a standard system update you need to reboot your computer to make all the necessary changes.