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

09 December 2017

Apple said that it has issued a fix for HomeKit Security flaw, which had left devices vulnerable to unauthorized third-party access. Apple has said that it has fixed the bug temporarily. Devices running earlier versions of iOS weren't affected.

However this is only temporary as Apple does plan on fixing the vulnerability permanently in future software updates, but in the meantime hopefully the temporary fix will prevent any unwanted consequences.

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The problem is in the current version of iOS 11.2. 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. "The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week". It appears to be a hard one to replicate and doesn't impact earlier builds 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.
Apple has confirmed, however, that an iOS 11.2 update arriving next week will restore any broken functionality. After the bug in the HomeKit was reported to the Cupertino iPhone maker, Apple issued an emergency patch to address the security flaws.

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In a statement, the firm said: "Security is a top priority for every Apple product, and regrettably we stumbled with this release of MacOS".

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