Apple iOS 11.2.1 software rollout fixes HomeKit remote access vulnerability

Randall Craig
December 15, 2017

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. This update to iOS 11 is meant to address the HomeKit vulnerability.

Apple has started rolling out the iOS 11.2.1 update for iPhone and iPad a week after iOS 11.2 was made available. Apple's tvOS update also comes with a fix for the same. A support representative from the company stated that the only way to get the Apple Pay Cash back to the user's phone is to completely delete and restore all system files since the feature is part of the iOS software. 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.

As mentioned before, the update is available for iPhone, iPad or iPod devices by navigating to Settings General Software Update.

While the official release notes don't reveal much, iPhone 6S users will be hoping the new update also fixes the battery drain issues many experienced after downloading iOS 11.2. It is advisable to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. After installing the latest iOS update, the device displays the "Face ID is not available" prompt upon accessing the face unlock feature.

But by rushing out the new update, it just exposed more problems and led to a security glitch that potentially left users vulnerable to hacking in their homes.

Apple has rolled out iOS 11.2.1.

Notably, Apple released the major software update iOS 11.2 last week for eligible iPhone, iPad and iPod users.

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