Apple rapidly squashes iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug

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Apple Inc. has patched a serious vulnerability in its HomeKit smart home software framework that could allow malicious actors to hijack and control any device connected using the platform. The tech giant fixed a bug which enabled outside parties to access smart lock and garage doors.

Apple first heard of vulnerability at the end of October and the latest updates to iOS and watchOS have been able to fix some of the issues. "The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week". However, any security flaw that potentially gives a stranger access to your hack is bad news for Apple and the trustworthiness of smart home accessories in general.

The flaw is present in the current version of iOS 11.2 and was demonstrated to 9to5Mac.

Customers do not need to update the software on their devices because the fix has been implemented on Apple's servers. However, the vulnerability did not impact earlier versions of the operating system. The severity of this vulnerability also imposes a responsibility on 9to5Mac as a publication to share what we know with our audience if we're going to continue covering HomeKit and smart home products.

Apple successfully fixed couple of bugs in iOS and macOS in the recent weeks, causing minimal trouble to users. After the bug in the HomeKit was reported to the Cupertino iPhone maker, Apple issued an emergency patch to address the security flaws. Apple said an update to iOS 11.2 will be coming next week and this will restore that full functionality. HomeKit users should keep in mind to install the latest update as soon as it arrives.

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