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Hacking Wi-Fi networks by exploiting a flaw in Philips Smart Light Bulbs

February 6, 2020

Security experts from Check Point discovered a high-severity flaw (CVE-2020-6007) in Philips Hue Smart Light Bulbs that can be exploited by hackers to gain entry into a targeted WiFi network.

Lightbulbs could be remotely controlled through a mobile app or via a digital home assistant, owners could control the light in the environment and even calibrate the color of each lightbulb. Smart lightbulbs are managed over the air via WiFi protocol or ZigBee, a low bandwidth radio protocol.

The CVE-2020-6007 flaw ties the way Philips implemented the Zigbee communication protocol in its smart light bulb, it could lead to a heap-based buffer overflow issue.

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