Apple flaw left smart locks vulnerable

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Apple has fixed a security flaw in its HomeKit system, which could allow unauthorized persons, the control of the smart home gadgets such as door locks and lights.

The bug appeared in the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system iOS 11.2, and were able to leave the criminals unlock it connected to the internet doors.

A researcher disclosed the problem to tech news site 9to5Mac.

Apple has said that it had now disabled remote HomeKit access for shared users, as a temporary solution to the problem.

The company’s HomeKit framework lets iOS devices control connected to the internet, the gadgets made by a variety of manufacturers.

The customers do not need to update the software on their devices, because the fix has been put in place on Apple servers.

However, some of the HomeKit feature will be temporarily unavailable.

9to5Mac said the breach had “serious consequences”, but accepted that it was “difficult” to exploit.

Apple said in a statement: “The problem with HomeKit iOS 11.2 has been fixed.

“The fix temporarily disables the remote access to the shared users, which will be restored in a software update early next week,” he added.

The company was recently criticised after some of its other versions of the software have been found to contain serious bugs.

In October, a lot of people have found that the letter “i” is replaced by the letter A and a symbol when they upgraded to iOS 11.

And in November, a major flaw has been found in MacOS High Sierra – the latest version -, it is possible to get access to a Mac without a password.

At the time, the company apologized and said: “our customers deserve better”.