According to a company called Check Point Software, a recent vulnerability in smart Philips Hue light bulbs can cause malware to be installed on the Philips Hue Bridge that allows it to access your internet connection and the devices connected to it. (Apparently this hack does not apply to the version of the Philips Hues smart lamps with Bluetooth.)
Before you worry, you know that Philips Hue repaired this vulnerability in mid-January and your hardware should have worked automatically updated itself to version 1935144040. But it's always a good idea to check this. If you are unsure where you can find out if your hardware is patched or how you install the necessary updates, we'll show you how to do both.
Check the firmware version of your Philips Hue Bridge
- Open the Philips Hue app on your Android or iOS phone or tablet
- Click the "Settings" tab in the lower options panel
- Scroll to down until you see "Software Update" and tap this option [1
How to update the firmware of your Philips Hue device
- If your hardware (whether it is a Bridge or just a lamp) needs an update, the app warns you with a solid green bubble, where the white check marks appear within a green bubble in our screenshot. If this is the case, click on it and select "Update".
- For peace of mind, enable "Automatic Update" at the top of the page in case there is ever another vulnerability that requires an emergency patch.  As soon as you see white check marks next to all your connected products, you know that the security and software updates for your Philips Hue devices are up-to-date.
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