Apple Releases Security Updates to Patch Critical iOS and macOS Security Flaws

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Apple on Monday released security patches for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Safari web browser to address multiple security flaws, in addition to backporting fixes for two recently disclosed zero-days to older devices.

This includes updates for 12 security vulnerabilities in iOS and iPadOS spanning AVEVideoEncoder, ExtensionKit, Find My, ImageIO, Kernel, Safari Private Browsing, and WebKit. macOS Sonoma 14.2, for its part, resolves 39 shortcomings, counting six bugs impacting the ncurses library.

Notable among the flaws is CVE-2023-45866, a critical security issue in Bluetooth that could allow an attacker in a privileged network position to inject keystrokes by spoofing a keyboard.

The vulnerability was disclosed by SkySafe security researcher Marc Newlin last week. It has been remediated in iOS 17.2, iPadOS 17.2, and macOS Sonoma 14.2 with improved checks, the iPhone maker said.

Also released by Apple is Safari 17.2, containing fixes for two WebKit flaws – CVE-2023-42890 and CVE-2023-42883 – that could lead to arbitrary code execution and a denial-of-service (DoS) condition. The update is available for Macs running macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura.

iOS 17.2 and iPadOS 17.2, besides addressing a Siri bug that could allow an adversary with physical access to obtain sensitive data, packs in a security upgrade in the form of Contact Key Verification, which ensures privacy of iMessage conversations by enabling users to verify the contacts they are communicating with.

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