Apple releases security updates for iOS, iPadOS and macOS

Apple releases security updates for iOS, iPadOS and macOS
According to TechCrunch, Apple has patched two vulnerabilities that it claims are being actively used to hack people by releasing security updates for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

Google has released new software patches, iOS and iPadOS 17.1.2 and macOS 14.1.2, in response to security experts at its Threat Analysis Group, which investigates government-backed cyberattacks, disclosing a vulnerability.
According to TechCrunch, in the updates rolled out, Apple said it fixed two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps. The vulnerabilities allow for hackers to remotely plant malicious code, such as spyware, on the person's device over the internet. The bug is called a "zero-day" because the vendor is given no time, or zero days, to fix the vulnerability before it is actively exploited.

"Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited against versions of iOS before iOS 16.7.1," Apple said in its security advisories, referring to the iPhone software released on October 11.
Apple also released Safari 17.1.2, an upgrade for people using older versions of macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura, the company said.

It is unknown who is taking advantage of these new zero-day vulnerabilities. Google has not yet assigned responsibility for the exploitation to a specific malevolent actor or government. Apple and Google did not disclose any additional information on the issues.

Earlier this week, Google patched its own zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome, which the search giant said it was aware that an exploit for the vulnerability "exists in the wild." Google security researcher Maddie Stone said in a post on X, formerly Twitter, that the Chrome bug was fixed within four days. Apple fixed the bug reported by Google's researchers in just under a week, reported TechCrunch.