HomeKit is the latest Apple product to have a serious security flaw

Dianna Christensen
December 9, 2017

According to 9to5Mac's source, the vulnerability was hard to reproduce, but allowed unauthorised control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, and plugs.

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 released their iOS 11.2 software update last weekend, the update was rolled out quickly to fix a date bug in iOS.

Although the flaw didn't concern connected smart home products, instead it was to do with the HomeKit framework itself that helps to connect the different products from various smart device makers.

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The disclosure of another bad security flaw comes at a awful time for Apple. However, the fix does disable some of the HomeKit functionality for remote users, although the disruption to the service's functionality will be fixed in the future iOS update.

The company said the temporary fix was made server side, meaning that users do not have to do anything for it to take effect, but also that it breaks some functionality of the system.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple fixed the problem through a software update implemented soon after the report was published. Since November, iPhone and iPad users have been plagued with bugs affecting the autocorrect system, including issues typing the word "it" and the letter "I", having it replaced with odd symbols.

At the time, the company apologised and said "our customers deserve better".

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