Apple iOS 11.2.1 software rollout fixes HomeKit remote access vulnerability

Apple released the major update iOS 11.2 last week that brings features like Apple Pay Cash, faster wireless charging support and several bug fixes.

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Highlights

    • The update fixes HomeKit remote access bug for shared users
    • iOS 11.2.1 rolled out to eligible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices

Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update for iPhone and iPad. The latest software update addresses the issue that was unearthed since the release of iOS 11.2.

The iOS 11.2.1 software update restores remote access in HomeKit for shared users which was temporarily disabled last week due to a vulnerability. Apparently, the bug allowed unauthorised access to HomeKit accessories that included smart locks and garage door openers.

Apple, however, promptly fixed server side after it was ‘made public.’ The issue was fixed by temporarily disabling remote access for shared users in HomeKit. Following the latest software update, HomeKit vulnerability is patched and users can now restore the functionality by updating their iOS devices.

Apple in its official release note said, “iOS 11.2.1 fixes bugs including an issue that could disable remote access to shared users of the Home app.”

iOS11_ARKitAdditionally, Apple has pushed tvOS 11.2.1 update for the Apple TV to address the same HomeKit vulnerability. The update is available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and iPod touch 6th generation. The tvOS 11.2.1, meanwhile, is available to download for Apple TV 4 and 4K model.

As mentioned before, the update is available for iPhone, iPad or iPod devices by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. It’s recommended to download the OTA update over Wi-Fi. Users should back up data before downloading the update. Further, if your device runs beta software, you may have to remove ‘beta profiles’ and then reboot before manually checking for the update.

Notably, Apple released the major software update iOS 11.2 last week for eligible iPhone, iPad and iPod users. The update brings features like Apple Pay Cash, faster wireless charging support and several bug fixes.