Apple fixes HomeKit bug that allowed remote unlocking of users' doors

Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices

Apple issues fix for HomeKit vulnerability impacting smart locks and other devices

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

The vulnerability was demonstrated to 9to5Mac which kept its detail under wraps in order to prevent oportunistic hackers from exploting the security hole.

Despite being considerably hard to reproduce, the vulnerability did allow some users to bypass security checks and take control of a wide range of HomeKit connected accessories such as wall plugs, smart lights and thermostats.

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.

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We also understand that Apple was informed about this and related vulnerabilities in late October, and some but not all issues were fixed as part of iOS 11.2 and watchOS 4.2 which were released this week. The company addressed the remaining issues through a server-side update on its end and HomeKit users did not have to take any action to apply the fix.

The vulnerability, disclosed to 9to5Mac, required at least one iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running the latest software version iOS 11.2 to have connected to the iCloud account associated with the HomeKit system.

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.

As such, there is more work that needs to be done to mitigate these risks and establish standards of cyber security in the IoT world before it grows out of control.

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