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Apple Fixes Bug That Let Hackers Wrest Control of Smart Home Devices

09 December, 2017, 05:18 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • Apple Fixes Home Kit Flaw That Allowed Unauthorized Smart Lock Access

Given that the connected-accessories that are compatible with HomeKit extend to security cameras, smart locks, garage door openers and thermostats, the potential for abuse can not be taken lightly.

It allowed hackers to access an unsuspecting user's smart home devices and make changes to them due to a bug in HomeKit, the software used by developers to let home gadgets like lightbulbs, door locks, and thermostats be controlled through Apple's Home app. The fix does, however, disable remote access to shared users, but this will be restored in a software update next week.

The flaw is present in the current version of iOS 11.2 and was demonstrated to 9to5Mac. The latest black mark against the company comes in the form of a zero-day vulnerability that was discovered in Apple's HomeKit implantation in iOS 11.2.


In a comment to 9to5Mac, Apple said "the issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed". It appears to be a hard one to replicate and doesn't impact earlier builds of the operating system.

The report stressed that the issue was not with the accessories themselves but with the HomeKit framework as a whole which connects smart products from different companies. After the bug in the HomeKit was reported to the Cupertino iPhone maker, Apple issued an emergency patch to address the security flaws. Unfortunately, Apple's server-side fix also prevents you from giving remote access to shared users.

Apple has been making news headlines in the past few weeks for security issues in its iOS and macOS products. Users need to install the update to restore HomeKit functionality.

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