BlueZ: LE secure pairing using Elliptical Curve Diffie-Hellman from command line


One of the main features of Bluetooth v4.2 is LE secure connections, where Elliptic Curve Diffie-Hellman (ECDH) is used for the key agreement protocol. As of BlueZ v5.26, support for LE secure connections has been added as follows:-

"BlueZ 5.26 is the first release with support for Blueooth 4.2 features. Perhaps the most notable one of these is Low Energy Secure Connections which will require a 3.19 or newer kernel."[1]

Is there a way to test ECDH pairing through the command line? if not, what is the easiest way to test this?

I’m using BlueZ v5.38 on kernel 3.19 but I can’t figure out how to do this.



In Linux, the secure connections feature using ECDH can be verified by performing pairing (using bluetoothctl) between two Bluetooth v4.2 devices and observing the output through btmon. Look for HCI Event: Link Key Notification and observe the Key type. If it shows P-256, then Secure Connections feature is verified. If it shows P-192, then it is using Secure Simple Pairing (SSP).

Additional background on this can be found in the Bluetooth Core Specification v4.2 in Vol 1, Part A, Section 5.1: Security Architecture.

I hope this helps.

Answered By – anandan111

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