Smart Home IoT: Vulnerabilities in the iOS Homekit

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Smart Home IoT: Vulnerabilities in the iOS Homekit

When Apple released the Update 11.2.1 for their iOS last Wednesday, the notes on the update read like this:

Smart Home IoT Vulnerabilities in the iOS Homekit

This may not sound very spectacular – but there are reports that one of the reasons for the update was a vulnerability in the HomeKit, that under certain circumstances allowed unauthorized control of HomeKit-connected accessories including smart lights, thermostats, plugs. Attackers may have even gotten control over smart locks and connected garage door openers. The vulnerability required an iPhone or iPad on iOS 11.2 connected to the HomeKit user’s iCloud account.

When addressed by 9to5Mac regarding the issue, Apple made the following statement:

The issue affecting HomeKit users running iOS 11.2 has been fixed. The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.

 This shows once again, that manufacturers have to take safety very serious with all IoT-connected devices.

Author: Tim Cole
Image Credit: Apple


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