Apple Fixes HomeKit Security Issue In Next OTA Update
Apple Fixes HomeKit Security Issue In Next OTA Update
09 December, 2017, 05:18
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.
A vulnerability has been discovered in the latest version of iOS that allows unauthorised users to access Apple's HomeKit and control a number of connected devices such as smart garage door openers and even smart locks. Apple has said that it has fixed the bug temporarily.
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 arrived as "Security Update 2017-001", and is available to download from the Mac App Store, promising to plug the easy-to-exploit flaw.
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The flaw in iOS software exposed key connected home hardware for unauthorized access. "The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week". However, the vulnerability did not impact earlier versions of the operating system.
The issue was not with smart home products individually but instead with the HomeKit framework itself that connects products from various companies.The issue was not with smart home products individually but instead with the HomeKit framework itself that connects products from various companies.
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