Apple Fixes iOS 11.2 Homekit Vulnerability

HomeKit

HomeKit

The list of products compatible with Apple HomeKit includes light switches, thermostats, doorbells and cameras, in addition to garage door openers and smart locks. The serious security issues have already been fixed via a server-side patch by Apple, and an update to iOS 11.2 is coming in the near future to fix any broken functionality.

9to5Mac reports on an iOS 11.2 flaw which affected HomeKit, allowing unauthorized remote access to devices, as shown to the publication.

Apple usually pushes out security updates for its various devices and software on the same day, but not this time. Clearly, in the wrong hands such a flaw would put a household at risk of burglary.

Apple has been forced to fix a security hole within its HomeKit smart home system that could have allowed hackers to unlock users' smart locks or other devices. The flaw was shut down when Apple made changes to the operation of its HomeKit servers, which has reduced functionality for now - this will be restored with the next iOS update.


As a side note: this latest watchOS upgrade also provides peer-to-peer payment capability through Apple Pay, but it will only work on Apple Watch when the wearable is paired with an iPhone running iOS 11.2.

Needing access to the victim's iCloud account already puts any potential attacker on the back foot, but such attacks have proved to be successful in the past, by stealing passwords and taking advantage of the victim not using two factor authentication. Earlier iOS versions are free of the bug.

The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed.

Users won't have to install anything, but they will notice the "remote access to shared users" feature for their HomeKit devices has been temporarily disabled.

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