14 November 2019 | by Bob Yirka | Tech Xplore |
A combined team of researchers from the University of Iowa and Purdue University has found nearly a dozen security breaches in the 5G protocol. They have written a paper describing both their findings and a security breaching tool they developed called 5GReasoner, and have uploaded it to the Documentcloud server.
The researchers note that some of the vulnerabilities could be used for surveillance attack by hackers or law enforcement personnel. They further report that all of the vulnerabilities they found could be exploited by anyone with a basic knowledge of either 4G or 5G networks—and that it could be done with low-cost software.
The researchers have reported their findings to the GSM Association (GMSA), which is responsible for approving international phone protocols. In response, the GMSA released a note describing the vulnerabilities as nil, or of low impact. They did not mention if the vulnerabilities would be fixed.