Google Glass QR codes vulnerable to attack?

July 22, 2013

A security vulnerability has been detected in Google Glass – more specifically the QR codes that are used to give the system instructions.

Lookout, a security technology firm, found that it could create malicious QR codes, which when seen by a Google Glass user, could encourage the system to connect to a hostile WiFi access point controlled by hackers.

This would mean that attackers could see whatever the Google Glass user was looking at, as well as diverting the system to view an access point that contained a well-known Android 4.0.4 web vulnerability.

As a result, Glass could be hacked as it browsed the page – a situation that is unique to Google Glass and results from "it becoming a connected thing".

Lookout researcher Marc Rogers highlighted the need for vulnerability management to be at the heart of any new technology, emphasising that "connected things need to be treated like software when it comes to security".

Mr Rogers also highlighted that although the benefits that these latest technologies bring to our lives are vast, the potential security risks they face are equally as great.

Once technology is granted intelligence, the necessary safeguards need to be put in place to avoid them posing a threat to security.