Last week it was discovered that there was a vulnerability in iOS 11’s HomeKit, in which apparently when exploited, it would allow the hacker to gain control of HomeKit-connected devices. Apple then made some changes server-side that temporarily patched the vulnerability while a proper fix was expected to arrive at a later date.
For those who do own a fair bit of HomeKit-connected devices, you’ll be pleased to learn that Apple has since released iOS 11.2.1. This update to iOS 11 is meant to address the HomeKit vulnerability. Like we said, when the issue first came to light, Apple issued a server-side fix that blocked remote access of the Home app for shared users.
The update is expected to restore access for shared users, so if you do have multiple users accessing the app at home, then you’ll need to update to iOS 11.2.1 to re-enable functionality. While it is no doubt great news that Apple has released an update so fast, there is an increase in criticism for Apple’s attention to detail, in which it has been evidenced by recent iOS releases that there are quite a few bugs that Apple had somehow missed during development and testing, something that wasn’t quite as glaring in the past.