[ubuntu-uk] Mobiles and Bluetooth Authentication

Jai Harrison jai at jaiharrison.com
Tue Jul 14 10:18:07 BST 2009

The same thing can done on Windows, it seems, with a tool called
BlueLock that does the same sort of thing:

Unfortunately if the only form of authentication is my bluetooth id
then anyone can access my machine as it's being constantly broadcast.
Definitely a step up on no password but still pretty insecure.

I was hoping on some form of encrypted authentication between the
phone and the PC over bluetooth. That's why I asked for a phone that I
might need in specific.

2009/7/14 Matthew Macdonald-Wallace <matthew at truthisfreedom.org.uk>:
> Quoting Jai Harrison <jai at jaiharrison.com>:
>> Hey everyone,
>> I'm in the process of trying to select a new phone and figured that
>> what would be really cool is one that I can use to login and out of my
>> machine. Basically something that communicates through bluetooth to
>> the machine to log in. Then when I go away it should lock it and when
>> I come back it should unlock it.
>> I am pretty sure that all of this can be achieved on Windows with
>> third party software and was wondering if I could do the same on
>> Ubuntu. I'm interested in what software I'll need on my system, what
>> mobile phone and software for that I'll need and whether it's also
>> compatible with Windows (so that I can use it for both OSes I use).
>> Any help is much appreciated,
>> Jai
> I'd be tempted to use two-factor auth (i.e. using a password as well
> as your phone) as the issue with only using a phone ot log is is that
> if someone else gets your phone and laptop/computer then they have
> access to all of the data.
> I'd be interested in a solution to this as I've used two-factor auth
> using PAM_USB in the past.
> M.
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