An undisclosed vulnerability, which was discovered in Apple Inc’s. (NASDAQ:AAPL) HomeKit smart home system has been fixed. According to the company, the said bug was reported on Thursday and would have given hackers access and control to smart home devices. The devices included smart locks, plugs, garage door openers, smart lights and other gadgets.
The iPhone maker says that the vulnerability which was reported by Apple-tracking site 9to5Mac is the latest and requires an iPhone or iPad running the latest iOS 11.2. Either of them must have a link to the HomeKit user’s iCloud account. However, despite having been fixed, word has it that it may have affected Apple’s iOS 11.2 operating system.
Let’s explore HomeKit is Apple’s software framework
Apple’s HomeKit facilitates communication between iPhone, iPad users and a dozen of compatible third-party HomeKit-enabled devices. Thus, the implications of hackers having access to the HomeKit’s software may have been scary.
However, a spokesperson from Apple said, “The fix temporarily disables remote access to shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week.” The company was also quick to quash a looming fear of the hacker having gained access to live video. The flaw comes at a time when IoT device makers are under pressure to focus on shoring up device security and reliability. Nonetheless, Apple has outlined its commitment to safeguard the software from hacking.
This isn’t the first issue Apple has had with iOS 11
Issues to do with the security of any smart-home system are likely to impact consumer confidence in any security device, which includes the traditional locks. Apple has had a series of issues affecting Apple’s software in the latest past. Hence, it is not a surprise that it is having issues with its iOS 11 some of which were fixed last week.
The iOS has been undergoing subsequent updates in an effort to address an autocorrect bug, the KRACK vulnerability. Nonetheless, the company was quick to apologize to all the iPhone and Mac users who may have been possible victims of the vulnerability, which remains a surprising issue.