December 5, 2023

Apple has released the first-ever patches to its Beats and AirPods products to patch a vulnerability that can be exploited to gain access to headphones through a Bluetooth attack.

The flaw is tracked as CVE-2023-27964 is described as an authentication issue.

Whenever the headphones seek a connection request to one of your previously paired devices, an attacker in Bluetooth range might be able to spoof the intended source device and gain access to the headphone.


Firmware updates are automatically applied to AirPods and Beats headphones while they are charging and in Bluetooth range of the user’s iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Users can check on these devices if their headset is running the latest firmware version.

The availability of the Beats firmware update was announced just as Apple and Google proposed a standard aimed at preventing devices that rely on Bluetooth for location tracking from being misused to track people.

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