Xiaomi says caching issue let camera user see others' feeds on Google Nest hub

Xiaomi Mi Mijia Home Security Camera
(Image credit: Xiaomi)

Chinese tech titan Xiaomi blamed a caching issue after a user of one of its Mi/Mijia home security cameras reported seeing still images from other people's cameras on his Google Nest Hub, to which his camera was linked. 

"We are aware there was an issue of receiving stills while connecting Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p on Google Home hub," Xiaomi said in a statement given to The Register (opens in new tab)

"We have found out the issue was caused by a cache update on December 26, 2019, which was designed to improve camera streaming quality. This has only happened in extremely rare conditions," the statement added. "In this case, it happened during the integration between Mi Home Security Camera Basic 1080p and the Google Home Hub with a display screen under poor network conditions."

Google disabled integration with all Xiaomi Mi Home devices a couple of hours after Mijia camera owner "Dio-V" posted his issue to a Reddit board (opens in new tab) devoted to Google Home. Dio-V, who told Cnet that he resided in the Netherlands, posted several images he grabbed from his Google Nest Hub, including one of a sleeping man (opens in new tab) and another of a sleeping baby (opens in new tab). (Americans can buy a very similar model on Amazon (opens in new tab) for about $40.)

Dio-V is the only user we're aware of with such issues, but Xiaomi told The Register that it had found "1,044 with such integrations" with Google Nest Hub and that "a few with extremely poor network conditions might be affected."

"This issue will not happen if the camera is linked to the Xiaomi's Mi Home app," it added.

Android Police (opens in new tab) reported that its own Mi Home device no longer worked with Google Home devices, and it said Dio-V told it his Mi camera and Google Nest Hub no longer communicated with each other.

Xiaomi said it had "communicated and fixed this issue with Google," but did not say when Mi Home-Google Home compatibility would be restored.

Paul Wagenseil is a senior editor at Tom's Guide focused on security and privacy. He has also been a dishwasher, fry cook, long-haul driver, code monkey and video editor. He's been rooting around in the information-security space for more than 15 years at FoxNews.com, SecurityNewsDaily, TechNewsDaily and Tom's Guide, has presented talks at the ShmooCon, DerbyCon and BSides Las Vegas hacker conferences, shown up in random TV news spots and even moderated a panel discussion at the CEDIA home-technology conference. You can follow his rants on Twitter at @snd_wagenseil.