The June cumulative Windows update can potentially break certain Bluetooth devices that Microsoft has flagged as unsafe. Several Windows updates in the past have caused unintentional breaks but this time Microsoft is deliberately blocking certain Bluetooth devices and warning users ahead of time.
The new security update (CVE-2019-2102) aims to resolve wireless vulnerabilities by deliberately blocking connections between the Operating System and “unsecure” Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth devices that use well-known encryption keys will not be allowed to pair with the OS. If you are unsuccessful at connecting your device, you can review your Event Log to troubleshoot the problem. (You can access Event Viewer from Start and typing “Event”.) The following Event Message will appear for such Bluetooth devices.
“Your Bluetooth device attempted to establish a debug connection. The Windows Bluetooth stack does not allow debug connection while it is not in the debug mode.”
If your device does not connect due to the error message displayed above check to see if the Bluetooth device has an update to remedy the situation. If not, then replace the Bluetooth device with one that it safe. This will likely be the standard for Bluetooth devices moving forward and so holding on to unsafe devices is not be a good idea.
Faraz Mehmood is a Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Triella. We are a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium-sized firms. Faraz can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to our blog page. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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