Apple iOS 11.2.1 software rollout fixes HomeKit remote access vulnerability

Isaac Cain
December 15, 2017

According to security researchers, iOS 11.2 contains a security flaw that allows hackers to take control of the HomeKit app, which is used to operate smart gadgets in the home, including doors and security systems.

As this is the first beta of iOS 11.2.5 we are not expecting to see the final version of the software any time soon, it could land later this month, although the update is more likely going to land some time in early January. This bug was responsible for giving unauthorised access in vulnerable circumstances.

The reason for a simultaneous software update is because it restores HomeKit for shared users, a feature that was recently disabled due to a bug last week.

Apple has just rolled out iOS 11.2.1, which includes an important security update for iPhone, iPad and iPod.

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The HomeKit vulnerability appears to be the only major issue iOS 11.2.1 resolves, other than the regular dosage of bug fixes.

Apple iPhone, iPad users can go to Settings app General Software Update and check for the update.

The new update is roughly 60MB to 70MB in size and also fixes an autofocus issue that some iPhone and iPad users reportedly faced after updating to iOS 11.2. Users will need a live internet connection to download and install the update, which is around 69.1 MB in size on iOS.

Apple iOS 11.2.1 update and tvOS 11.2.1 update are now rolling out to users. Do note that tvOS 11.2.1 is available on the Apple TV 4K over the air only. For now, this particular iOS 11.2 bug only affects users residing in the United States, given that the Apple Pay Cash feature is only accessible to limited areas.

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