Apple Magic Keyboard gets firmware update against security vulnerability

Firmware 2.0.6 is currently being rolled out for Apple’s “Magic Keyboard”. The update is intended to prevent the Bluetooth key from being extracted for the connection to another device and then the Bluetooth communication being read out. Apple notes that the vulnerability can only be exploited if the person in question had physical access to the Magic Keyboard. So you don't have to fear a remote attack, but after updating to Magic Keyboard Firmware 2.0.6 you can now leave the keyboard unattended in the office or coworking space.

The Apple Magic Keyboard is receiving a firmware update to combat a security hole that allowed the keyboard's Bluetooth communication with the end device to be read.
The Apple Magic Keyboard is receiving a firmware update to combat a security hole that allowed the keyboard's Bluetooth communication with the end device to be read.

Apple rolls out Magic Keyboard Firmware 2.0.6

Official information about the firmware update for the Apple keyboard can be found in the support document created for this purpose HT214050. There is also an indication of which models the new software will be used for: Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard (2021), Magic Keyboard with number pad, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, Magic Keyboard with number pad and Touch ID. It also explains how the update actually reaches the keyboard. To do this, it must be paired via Bluetooth with a device that runs macOS, iOS, iPadOS or tvOS - and this must be connected to the Internet. This means you can update from your Mac, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

Check the Apple Magic Keyboard firmware

If you want to check which firmware is currently running on your Apple wireless keyboard, you can do this via the Bluetooth settings of your device. Open there in the system settings, about that control center or the Bluetooth settings via the menu bar and then selects the small, circled “i” to the right of the keyboard name. The information overview called up in this way provides information about the firmware version of the Magic Keyboard. If you have currently paired this with your Apple device, you should find an indication in the Bluetooth information that firmware version 2.0.6 has been installed. If this is not the case yet, all you can do is keep waiting. The update cannot be initiated manually.

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2 comments on “Apple Magic Keyboard gets firmware update against security vulnerability”

  1. I find it unbelievable that manufacturers today treat hardware purchased by customers as if they still owned it. Software is simply installed without any questions.

    1. So if everything continues to work afterwards, they are welcome to plug security gaps. But everyone can do it however they like.

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