There are some prerequisites that need to be installed before building libbtbb and the Ubertooth tools. Many of these are available from your operating system’s package repositories, for example:
sudo apt-get install cmake libusb-1.0-0-dev make gcc g++ libbluetooth-dev \ pkg-config libpcap-dev python-numpy python-pyside python-qt4
Fedora / Red Hat
su -c "yum install libusb1-devel make gcc wget tar bluez-libs-devel"
Mac OS X users can use either MacPorts or Homebrew to install the required packages:
sudo port install libusb wget cmake python27 py27-numpy py27-pyside or brew install libusb wget cmake pkg-config homebrew/dupes/libpcap
Next the Bluetooth baseband library (libbtbb) needs to be built for the Ubertooth tools to decode Bluetooth packets:
wget https://github.com/greatscottgadgets/libbtbb/archive/2015-10-R1.tar.gz -O libbtbb-2015-10-R1.tar.gz tar xf libbtbb-2015-10-R1.tar.gz cd libbtbb-2015-10-R1 mkdir build cd build cmake .. make sudo make install
Linux users: if you are installing for the first time, or you receive errors about finding the library, you should run:
Wireshark version 1.12 and newer includes the Ubertooth BLE plugin by default. It is also possible to capture BLE from Ubertooth directly into Wireshark with a little work.
The Wireshark BTBB and BR/EDR plugins allow Bluetooth baseband traffic that has been captured using Kismet to be analysed and disected within the Wireshark GUI. They are built separately from the rest of the Ubertooth and libbtbb software. The directory passed to cmake as
MAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR varies from system to system, but it should be the location of existing Wireshark plugins, such as
sudo apt-get install wireshark wireshark-dev libwireshark-dev cmake cd libbtbb-2015-10-R1/wireshark/plugins/btbb mkdir build cd build cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/wireshark/libwireshark3/plugins .. make sudo make install
Then repeat for the BT BR/EDR plugin:
sudo apt-get install wireshark wireshark-dev libwireshark-dev cmake cd libbtbb-2015-10-R1/wireshark/plugins/btbredr mkdir build cd build cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_LIBDIR=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/wireshark/libwireshark3/plugins .. make sudo make install
Third Party Software
There are a number of pieces of third party software that support the Ubertooth. Some support Ubertooth out of the box, while others require plugins to be built.
This completes the install of the Ubertooth tools, the next step is to look at the getting started guide. You should always update the firmware on the Ubertooth device to match the software release version that you are using.