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Apple Fixes iOS 11.2 HomeKit Flaw; Allowed Unauthorized Remote Access to Homes

08 December 2017

Apple was informed of the HomeKit vulnerability (dating back to October) and fixed it server-side temporarily, with a full fix coming in an iOS update next week. The bug, which was initially spotted by 9to5Mac, reportedly made it possible for an outside party to access things like smart locks and garage doors. According to 9to5Mac, Apple HomeKit framework has a bug that allows unauthorised access to connected smart devices such as locks and garage door openers. Specific details of the vulnerability was not shared, but 9to5Mac reported on the issue publicly only after hearing from Apple a fix had been in place. But it may highlight concerns around smart home functionality, as users connecting more pieces of their home to an ecosystem like HomeKit, Assistant or Alexa. This issues is caused due to High Seirra bug that was discovered last month, which allowed users to gain administrator access without a password.

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Users don't need to run around unplugging all HomeKit-connected devices: 9to5Mac says that Apple has already deployed a server-side update that fixes the bug, which was in the HomeKit service, rather than the code on individual client devices. The company said in a statement that the issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. 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.

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Apple Fixes iOS 11.2 HomeKit Flaw; Allowed Unauthorized Remote Access to Homes