Apple rapidly squashes iOS 11.2 HomeKit bug

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While all type of HomeKit products were affected, it should definitely be concerning to anyone with a smart lock or smart garage door opener. Described as "difficult to reproduce", the vulnerability would allow a hacker to take full control of any smart home device, such as smart lights, thermostats and plugs too. Still, it was risky.

The initial report doesn't detail the specifics of the exploit in its post, only noting that, "The vulnerability required at least one iPhone or iPad on iOS 11.2, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, connected to the HomeKit user's iCloud account". In fact the latest is less of a bug and more of a security vulnerability which involves HomeKit and if exploited, will allow hackers to gain unauthorized control of various HomeKit-connected accessories.

In a comment to 9to5Mac, Apple said "the issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed".

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Customers do not need to update the software on their devices because the fix has been implemented on Apple's servers. It appears the company's HomeKit wasn't safe from security problems too.

However this is only temporary as Apple does plan on fixing the vulnerability permanently in future software updates, but in the meantime hopefully the temporary fix will prevent any unwanted consequences. The flaw was first spotted by 9to5Mac, which was later confirmed by Apple. Recently, cyber security experts brought a major password glitch to Apple's notice, on which, the company said it will fix the issue in the next update. However, other more security-focused smart devices were also accessible which could be be utilised to grant an unauthorised person access to a HomeKit users' home.