Apple Fixes iOS 11.2 Homekit Vulnerability

Apple Fixes iOS 11.2 Homekit Vulnerability

The report stressed that the issue was not with the accessories themselves but with the HomeKit framework as a whole which connects smart products from different companies.

Apple is once again in the security news after the emergence of a zero-day vulnerability in HomeKit, Apple's home automation platform for controlling smart home products via either iOS apps or Siri voice commands.

On Thursday, 9to5Mac disclosed the bug, which it said was "difficult to reproduce".

While software bugs do happen from time to time, we have to say that the number of bugs and issues popping up in iOS 11 is a bit alarming. Earlier versions of iOS are said to be not affected.

Apple didn't immediately respond for comment.

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The HomeKit vulnerability is the latest bug Apple has been forced to deal with. 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.

Users apparently need to take no action to resolve the issue as the fix that is rolling out is server-side. Just last week, developers found a major flaw in macOS High Sierra that allowed anyone to gain root access to a locked Mac, using no advanced knowledge and seconds of physical access to the machine.

The HomeKit bug probably isn't as serious.

Often times the issue stems from smart devices not being secured properly and security experts continue to highlight the potential security threat that these devices could pose to their owners.

Still, buyers of smart home products should be mindful about keeping their devices updated with the latest software to avoid any serious bugs from persisting, Tang added. But it's the locks and garage door openers that would give a would-be burglar easy access to an Apple user's house or business.

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