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Apple has recently released a crucial firmware update for its Magic Keyboard lineup, aimed at fortifying Bluetooth security and addressing a potential vulnerability. This update, labeled version 2.0.6, is now available for various wireless Magic Keyboard models, providing users with enhanced protection against security threats.
The firmware update was officially rolled out on Tuesday, January 9, as reported by Apple on its security releases website on Thursday. The update specifically targets the Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard (2021), Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad.
Apple identified a Bluetooth security vulnerability that allowed individuals with physical access to a Magic Keyboard to obtain its Bluetooth pairing key. This key could then be exploited to monitor Bluetooth traffic. The company promptly addressed this concern with the release of firmware version 2.0.6, implementing improved session management checks.
The potential impact of the vulnerability was significant, enabling an attacker with physical access to the accessory to extract its Bluetooth pairing key and monitor Bluetooth traffic. This issue was responsibly reported to Apple in December by Marc Newlin of SkySafe.
Users can rest assured that firmware updates are seamlessly delivered in the background while the Magic Keyboard is actively paired with a device running macOS, iOS, iPadOS, or tvOS. This ensures that users receive the latest security enhancements effortlessly.
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To confirm the current firmware version of your Magic Keyboard, navigate to System Settings on your Mac, select Bluetooth, and tap the ⓘ button next to your Magic Keyboard. This simple step ensures that your device is up-to-date with the latest security measures.