A Apple launched on Monday (3) new versions of three of its operational systems, with fixes for a bug that is being “actively exploited” by hackers.

IOS 14.5.1, mac OS 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1 basically fix the same problem in WebKit, the “engine” used for rendering HTML pages and JavaScript code, which is used in the browser Safari and in any app that needs to display content on a web page.

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According to Apple, the processing of maliciously prepared content could result in the execution of arbitrary code on a device, that is, it would give a hacker the power to run a program on the victim's system.

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The bug in question is CVE-2021-30665. The Mac OS “Big Sur” update fixes a second bug, which can also result in code execution, and is the result of an “overflow” in the processing of integers. This fault has the code CVE-2021-30663.

More details about the updates are available at security page from Apple.

What's new in iOS 14.5

IOS 14.5 was launched a week ago. The most prominent, and also the most controversial, feature in this version is the App Tracking Transparency (ATT): apps now need to get user permission before tracking their data on third party apps or websites for advertising or to share their data with data brokers. In settings users will be able to see which apps have requested permission to crawl, so they can change their choices at any time.

iOS 14 is already installed on 90% of iPhones.
Data state that iOS 14 is already installed on approximately 90% of iPhones. Image: DANIEL CONSTANTE / Shutterstock

In practice, the change in Apple's privacy policy makes tracking more difficult for companies that bill with targeted advertising, which is why companies like Google and Facebook are opposed to it. The biggest losers will be data brokers - companies that collect, store, process, buy and sell user data. They aggregate thousands of information to create consumer profiles that can be used for targeted advertising.

In addition to ATT, the new version of iOS also brings the ability to unlock the iPhone with the Apple Watch if you're wearing a face mask, more diverse voices for Siri, skin tone options to better represent emoji couples, and lots of more.

Source: 9to5Mac