Your Philips Hue lamps, bridges and switches can run all of the firmware that you can update. This is particularly critical now because a vulnerability could allow malware to be installed on a Philips Hue bridge. How to search for and install Hue updates:
Updates are installed via the Hue app for iPhone, iPad or Android. They can be installed automatically, so you don’t have to worry. We recommend activating automatic updates if you have not already done so. The update, which fixes the vulnerability, was released in mid-January 2020, so there is a good chance that it is already installed on your hardware.
Checking for and installing tint updates
To check for updates, open the Tint app on Android, iPhone, or iPad.
Tap the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down and tap “Software Update” at the bottom of the list.
While the app is checking for updates, the “Check for updates” message is displayed for updates on your devices. This can take a moment.
You will then see a list of connected devices, including bridges, lamps, and switches. If the app says “No updates available,” you already have the latest updates.
When the app displays a message that updates are available, find the device you want to update from the list. There is no green check mark next to it. Tap the device name, and then tap the Refresh button. The Hue app downloads the update and installs it on your device. Your LED may flash during the process.
CONNECTION: PSA: Check your Philips Hue firmware for patch a vulnerability
Enable automatic color updates  We recommend that you enable automatic updates so that you no longer have to worry about them. This is especially true when security updates for the Hue software are displayed – not just bug fixes and feature updates.
Tap the Automatic Update option on the Software Update screen to find these options.
Ensure that the “Automatic update” option is activated.
You can also select the time of day at which Hue should install updates. Your lights may blink during this process. Therefore, choose a time when you will not be disturbed. You probably don’t want your bedroom lighting to update (and blink) while you sleep.
CONNECTION: What is firmware or microcode and how can I update my hardware?
Feb 5, 2020, 1:53 pm EST | 1 min read
Your Philips Hue bulbs, bridges, and switches all run firmware you can update. That’s especially critical now, as a vulnerability could allow malware to be installed on a Philips Hue bridge. Here’s how to check for and install Hue updates.
Updates are installed through the Hue app for iPhone, iPad, or Android. They can be installed automatically so you never have to think about it, and we recommend enabling automatic updates if you haven’t already. The update that patches the security hole was released in mid-January of 2020, so there’s a good chance it’s already installed on your hardware.
How to Check for and Install Hue Updates
To check for updates, open the Hue app on Android, iPhone, or iPad.
Tap the “Settings icon at the bottom of the screen. Scroll down and tap “Software update” near the bottom of the list.
You’ll see a “Checking for update” message as the app checks for updates to your devices. This may take a few moments.
When it’s done, you’ll see a list of connected devices—including bridges, bulbs, and switches. If the app says “No updates available,” you already have all the latest updates.
If the app says updates are available, locate the device that needs an update in the list. It won’t have a green checkmark next to it. Tap the name of the device and then tap the “Update” button. The Hue app will download the update and install it on your device. Your light may blink during the process.
How to Enable Automatic Hue Updates
We recommend ensuring automatic updates are enabled so you never have to worry about this again. That’s especially true now that we’re seeing security updates for the Hue software—not just bug fixes and feature updates.
Tap the “Automatic update” option on the Software Update screen to find these options.,
Ensure the Automatic update option is enabled here.
You can also select the time of day you want Hue to install updates. Your lights might blink during this process, so choose a time when this won’t be annoying for you. You probably don’t want your bedroom lights to update (and blink) while you’re sleeping.
We have more and more home automation equipment inside our homes. Where before we needed to flip a switch or use a remote controller to operate certain devices, now we simply have to say the correct voice command for them to do what we want thanks to WiFi connectivity and the IoT of things. But of course, that all these computers are connected to our router opens a world of possible ways of security holes against possible hackers with malicious intentions. So today we want to explain how you can update your Philips Hue bulbs to avoid these potential problems.
Why should I upgrade my smart bulbs?
In the previous paragraph we have already dropped the main utility of keeping these gadgets updated to the latest version of their firmware. If you are in the world of technological news, it will not be the first or the last time that you will read about security holes that have been found in certain accessories in our house. Furthermore, relatively recently, we told you in another article about one of these holes that had been discovered in the smart bulbs of the Philips company. This does not mean that the equipment of this manufacturer is less safe than others, on the contrary. Thanks to the constant work of its programmers, this problem was discovered and corrected in just a few hours with an update in the firmware of its devices. Therefore, by updating this section with the latest security patch, we are blocking potential hacking threats .
In addition to staying safe, updating the firmware of these gadgets could lead to improvements in the solution of other errors, reduction of consumption, and functionalities that, if not, we would be missing. In this way, every time a new update arrives to your bulbs or accessories from Philips or any other brand, do not hesitate, update.
How to update any Philips Hue device
Given the importance of keeping our Philips accessories up to date, it is time to find out how we can check if we have the latest version and if not, how to update . The truth is that it is a tremendously simple process and that you can even make it happen automatically. You just have to follow the following steps:
- From your smartphone, be it an Android phone or an iPhone, enter the Philips Hue app. The same since you first set up your smart bulbs.
- In the start menu, you must click on the settings icon on the bottom bar.
- Once here, go down through the list until you find a section called “Software update” . Click on it.
In this last menu is where you will find all the information about the firmware of your Philips gadgets. If there is a more current version than the one your accessories have, an icon will appear next to its name indicating that it must be updated. You just have to click on it and voila, the update will begin (this process may take up to an hour, depending on your connection and how heavy this new version is.
And, as we mentioned before, from this menu you can configure that the updates are carried out automatically so that, in this way, you do not have to worry about accessing here periodically. Of course, it does not hurt that every several months we enter this section to see that everything is in order.
Once the updates are complete, all accessories (including the Philips Hue bridge) should look like you see in the photo above these lines. This means that all your computers are on the latest version of their firmware and that, therefore, the most current security patch from the manufacturer is installed.
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Four years ago, security researchers showed how a flying drone could hack an entire room full of Philips Hue smart light bulbs from outside a building, by setting off a virus-like chain reaction that jumped from bulb to bulb. Today, we’re learning that vulnerability never got fully fixed — and now, researchers have figured out a way to exploit that very same issue to potentially infiltrate your home or corporate network, unless you install a patch.
That’s the word from cybersecurity research firm Check Point Software, and the good news is you should already be safe from the worst part of the hack. If the Philips Hue Hub that controls your bulbs is connected to the internet, it should have automatically updated itself to version 1935144040 by now, which contains the patch you want. (Check Point informed Philips in November, and a patch was issued mid-January.) I just checked my own hub’s firmware version in the Philips Hue app, and I’m good.
How to check and update your Philips Hue firmware
It’s also nice to know it might have taken a fairly clever, patient hacker to exploit this vulnerability in the first place. In addition to presumably uploading a malicious over-the-air update to a Hue bulb (the technique used in 2016), it relies on messing with that hacked bulb’s color and brightness long enough to trick the owner into resetting and re-adding that bulb to their own network, at which point the hacked bulb overwhelms the Hue Hub with data, taking control of the Hub in turn. Here’s how Check Point explains that part:
The hacker-controlled bulb with updated firmware then uses the ZigBee protocol vulnerabilities to trigger a heap-based buffer overflow on the control bridge, by sending a large amount of data to it. This data also enables the hacker to install malware on the bridge – which is in turn connected to the target business or home network.
But it appears that once again, the bulbs themselves may still be vulnerable to hacks. When that flying drone set off a miniature IoT virus in 2016, companies found a way to solve for that worst-case scenario by restricting those bulb-to-bulb hops, writes Check Point. But “due to design limitations”, the bulb’s vulnerability remained, leading to the new hack — and perhaps other yet-to-be-discovered hacks in our future, as long as these bulbs remain in service. Leaving these bulbs vulnerable might be more dangerous than simply letting a hacker flick on and off your lights at will.
And though Check Point hasn’t necessarily tested other brands yet, its researchers claim this vulnerability may not be limited to Philips Hue bulbs and hubs. It’s in the Zigbee communications protocol used by loads of smart home brands, including Amazon’s Ring, Samsung SmartThings, Ikea Tradfri, Belkin’s WeMo, as well as Yale locks, Honeywell thermostats, and Comcast’s Xfinity Home alarm system.
It’s going to be interesting to see how many of the devices homeowners and businesses have purchased — ones they presumably expect to last for years — might open them up to security vulnerabilities years down the road. And we’re still wondering when the next massive IoT botnet built from insecure gadgets might rear its ugly head, as well.
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According to a firm called Check Point Software, a recent vulnerability in Philips Hue smart lightbulbs could allow malware to be installed on the Philips Hue Bridge that lets it access your internet connection and the devices connected to it. (Apparently, this hack doesn’t apply to the version of Philips Hues’ smart lights that feature Bluetooth.)
Before you get too worried, know that Philips Hue patched this vulnerability in mid-January, and your hardware should have automatically updated itself to version 1935144040. But it’s always a good idea to check. In case you aren’t sure where to find out if your hardware is patched or how to install the necessary updates, we’re going to show you how to do both.
How to check the firmware version of your Philips Hue Bridge
- Open the Philips Hue app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet
- Click on the “Settings” tab on the bottom options panel
- Scroll down until you see “Software update,” and tap this option
- The next page will show all of your devices and their firmware versions. In our screenshot below, the Hue Bridge is displayed at the top of the list of devices. You can see that it has already been updated to version 1935144040.
How to update your Philips Hue device firmware
- However, if your hardware (be it a Bridge or just a bulb) is in need of an update, the app will notify you with a solid green bubble, located where the white checkmarks within a green bubble appear in our screenshot. If so, click into it and select “Update.”
- While you’re here, enable “Automatic update” at the top of the page for peace of mind in case there is ever another vulnerability that needs an emergency patch.
- Once you see white checkmarks next to all of your connected products, you’ll know that security and software updates for your Philips Hue devices are up to date.
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1) Browse to http://www.philips.com/support
2) Enter your model number in the top right search box of the page and press enter
3) Select your model from the list
4) On the right side of the page you will see “Software and Drivers” if an update is available. If you do not see this then no update is currently available
5) The “Firmware Upgrade Readme File” contains the directions for this model and information about what the update does. The file at the bottom is the actual update. Click on the update file
6) Accept the End User Agreement
7) Click on “Save as”
8) Save the file in a location you will remember. We recommend that you use the Downloads folder or Desktop. Click Save
9) Locate the file and open it
10) Click on “Extract all files”
11) Click on “Extract”
12) Once the files are extracted a new window will open. You will see more options at the top
13) You must view the PDF document for directions on what kind of media to upload with. Examples are either CDROM, ThumbDrive, or SD Card
a) If using a ThumbDrive or SD Card you can right click on the .bin file and select “Send to” and then select your ThumbDrive or SD Card
b) If burning to a CDROM click once on the .bin file and select Burn and follow the steps
14) Once the files are loaded to the media you need to follow the steps list in the Readme File to complete the update
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NOTE: This information is for Philips hue setup using 3.4.33 and later firmware. Be sure to update the firmware on your remote to the most current version for hue bulb control.
Your Harmony Ultimate can control Philip hue bulbs individually or as a group. Bulb settings can also turn on when you start any of your Harmony activities. To control your Philips hue system, it must be paired with your Harmony Ultimate (see answer null).
Select Philips hue lights to control with your remote
On the LCD screen, tap the light bulb icon on the bottom-left.
Tap Hue Light Group.
Select the bulbs you want to include in this group.
Add Philips hue control to an activity
Tap the light bulb icon on the bottom-left corner.
Customize your hue bulb settings to the brightness and temperature you want by sliding the brightness and temperature bars.
Scroll down and tap Program.
Tap the Activity you want to add Philips hue control to.
Tap Set to include this Philips hue action, or Update to apply this change.
Adding and renaming hue bulb names
Use the Philips hue app to add, remove or change the names of your hue bulbs.
After making the changes from the Philips hue app, your hub will automatically update.
Customize hue settings when turning an activity off
You can program your Philips hue system to turn off by pressing the Off button. You can change this setting if you want your hue system to behave differently when you press the Off button.
Tap the light bulb icon on the bottom-left corner.
Customize your hue bulb settings to the brightness and temperature you want when you press the Off button on your remote.
NOTE: Slide the Brightness bar to the left to turn the bulbs off.
Scroll down and tap Program.
Tap Off button.
Tap Update to include this Phillips hue action to the Off button.
Toggle hue lights on and off
Press and hold the light bulb icon to turn your hue lights on or off.
Customize hue bulb colors for an activity
You must use your Philips hue app to customize the color for your bulbs.
After customizing your bulbs to the color you want, follow the instructions in Add Philips hue control to an activity to update an Activity.
Control hue lights individually
Tap the light bulb icon on the bottom-left corner.
Tap All hue lights.
Customize your hue bulb settings to the brightness and temperature you want.
Control LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips
You can customize the LivingColors Bloom and LightStrips light colors for an activity, but the temperature (warm/cool) for these two lights won’t change using the slider. There is no change to the lights if you move the slider from one setting to the other, as this isn’t currently supported by Philips hue.
Philips Hue, known for its line of HomeKit-connected lights, has begun rolling out a new firmware update for the Hue Bridge that brings HomeKit Adaptive Lighting support to the Hue range of Ambiance lights (via iCulture). The rollout follows a month of beta testing with select Hue users.
Adaptive Lighting is an iOS 14 feature that’s designed to allow HomeKit-connected lights to adjust their color temperature throughout the day. Warm colors are used in the morning, cooler colors are used midday, and blue light is reduced at night for better sleep.
To update your Hue Bridge, launch the Hue app, tap Settings, then scroll down and select Software Update. The version you want is 1941132070. Tap Update to install it. No new update is required for the lights.
After the update, launch the Home app and you should see message appear at the top indicating that your lights support Adaptive Lighting. Tap the message and you can choose which lamps to enable it for.
Color temperature shifts throughout the day without user interaction, using subtle transitions between color options. With Philips Hue, this works with both the White & Color Ambiance and the White Ambiance lamps, in all different shapes (candle lamp, E27, GU10, and so on).
A newly found vulnerability could let a hacker inject malware into homes that use Philips Hue bulbs. A patch that eliminates the threat is available now.
Zigbee is one of the wireless protocols that smart home devices commonly use to talk to each other. Now, a new report from the security research firm Check Point details a vulnerability with those Zigbee transmissions that could allow a hacker armed with little more than a laptop into your home network from as far as 100 meters away.
The attack in question exploits the signals sent between Philips Hue smart bulbs , one of a number of high-profile smart home devices that communicate via Zigbee. A hacker with a laptop and a Zigbee antenna tricks the system into kicking a bulb off of the network, then implants that bulb with malicious code. If the user deletes the suddenly unresponsive bulb from the Hue app and attempts to re-pair with it, they’ll spread that malware from the bulb to their Hue Bridge, the central Philips Hue control device which you wire to your router. That’s not good.
Check Point sent their findings to Signify, which owns the Philips Hue brand, and plans to release a full report on the vulnerability once manufacturers have had time to issue a patch for it. Signify has a firmware fix ready to go today, so Philips Hue users will want to be sure to download and install it from the settings section of the Hue app.
“We are committed to protecting our users’ privacy and do everything to make our products safe,” says George Yianni, Head of Technology Philips Hue. “We are thankful for responsible disclosure and collaboration from Check Point — it has allowed us to develop and deploy the necessary patches to avoid any consumers being put at risk.”
Along with Philips Hue, other popular smart home devices that use Zigbee include the Amazon Echo Plus , the Samsung SmartThings system, Sengled smart lights, and smart locks from Yale .
Seriously, do it right now. We’ll wait.
We get it, you have a life. There’s no way you can read all of the day’s news in one single shot, let alone visit every web page, which is why we’re here to help. Well, sort of.
There’s a ton of tech news we weren’t able to cover throughout the day (hey, give us a break, we’re a small independent outfit), so to help you stay up to speed with everything we didn’t get to, we rounded up some of the biggest stories, which should help you keep up to date. Hence the tech hangover.
Here’s some tech news you probably missed out on today (and when we say you, we mean us, but also…you).
Your Philips Hue light bulbs can still be hacked — and until recently, compromise your network
Today, we’re learning that vulnerability never got fully fixed — and now, researchers have figured out a way to exploit that very same issue to potentially infiltrate your home or corporate network, unless you install a patch. – The Verge
The FBI Downloaded CIA’s Hacking Tools Using Starbuck’s WiFi
Image: DigitalTrends (edits: KnowTechie)
One of the most interesting details from the yesterday’s Joshua Schulte trial involved how the FBI obtained the Vault 7 and Vault 8 materials they entered into evidence yesterday. Because the FBI did not want to download the files onto an existing FBI computer (in part, out of malware concerns) and because they didn’t want to use an FBI IP address, they got a new computer and downloaded all the files at Starbucks. – EmptyWheel
Chrome’s ad blocker will expand to video on August 5
Google today announced that Chrome’s ad blocker is expanding to video on August 5, 2020. As with previous ad blocker rollouts, the date is likely not tied to a specific Chrome version — Google will be expanding the scope of its browser’s ad blocker server-side. YouTube and other websites with video content will have to review their ads to make sure they are compliant. – VentureBeat
Microsoft’s Xbox boss says Amazon and Google are “the main competitors going forward”
Microsoft’s head of gaming and Xbox, Phil Spencer, has revealed that the company sees Amazon and Google as its main competition for the future. Speaking in an interview with newly launched technology publication Protocol, Spencer dismisses Sony and Nintendo’s ability to create a cloud infrastructure that will challenge Microsoft, Google, or Amazon. – The Verge
A verified Kendall Jenner TikTok account was deleted because it was an imposter — and TikTok won’t say why it gave a fake account a verified blue checkmark
TikTok has confirmed it made a mistake by verifying an account appearing to belong to Kendall Jenner that wasn’t actually the 24-year-old model at all. – Business Insider
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