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Apple's HomeKit vulnerable to a bug allowing hackers to control IoT devices

In the meantime, 'HomeKit' users will not be able to add new people or allow existing users to access connected devices remotely

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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Apple's home platform 'HomeKit' for controlling with apps and its connected devices were reportedly vulnerable to hackers due to a bug.

The Cupertino-based issued a security patch earlier this month, but it is still working on a permanent solution.

"'HomeKit' didn't check the sender of remote message before processing the request, which ended up allowing potentially anyone to remotely control 'HomeKit' accessories in the home," tech website Medium reported late on Thursday.

"Once 'HomeKit' receives the message, it should check that the message is sent by you and then unlock the door as the user has asked. Except that in reality, 'HomeKit' doesn't check who sent the message and it will unlock the door whenever someone asks it to do so, the report added.

In the meantime, 'HomeKit' users will not be able to add new people or allow existing users to access connected devices remotely.

Bugs in WatchOS 4, 4.1 and 4.2, and in 11.2 made it possible for someone to access users' HomeKit-enabled devices and control them remotely, according to CNET.

'HomeKit' software was unveiled by the for 8 at the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

It is Apple's home platform for controlling with apps and its Siri's voice commands.

First Published: Fri, December 22 2017. 14:10 IST
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