The risks to Google Glass aren't over just yet. Despite the QR patch, Symantec is reporting that the innovative wearable technology is still vulnerable to WiFi hackers.
Here's the backstory: Earlier this week, Lookout analyzed how Google Glass could be manipulated using malicious QR codes. According to Symantec, wearable devices by their nature can open up new attack vectors because the user interacts with them differently.
Lookout reported that taking a photo of a QR code could cause Glass to silently connect to a potentially malicious WiFi access point. Symantec's Candid Wueest said that gives the word photobombing a whole new meaning. Glass doesn't support all general QR codes, she explained, but does use them for reconfiguring the device's preferred WiFi access point.
QR Codes Just One Attack Vector
"Once the Google Glass device connects to the access point of an attacker, the attacker can sniff all the traffic or even redirect users of the device to a malicious Web site," she wrote in a blog post. "Fortunately, Google is aware of this issue and have already fixed it -- so you don't have to keep looking away from QR codes while taking pictures."
But QR codes are not the only potential way to takeover Glass. In fact, Symantec is reporting there are far easier ways to get a mobile device connected to a rogue WiFi access point. Because many people have WiFi enabled all the time on their smartphones, Wueest said, the devices constantly probe the surroundings to see if there is a known access point to connect to.
"Similar behavior is expected in new wearable devices to make it easier for them to connect to the Internet. However, there is software available that will impersonate any network that a device searches for, and this software is quite easy to use," she warned. "You can even buy a small device called WiFi Pineapple that will do all the work for you."
Malicious WiFi Pineapples
Wueest offered an example: Suppose your smartphone is configured to always connect to your home WiFi network with the SSID name "myPrivateWiFi." Now, she continued, imagine you take this smartphone to your local coffee shop where an attacker has installed a malicious WiFi Pineapple. (continued...)