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An iOS vulnerability found using the Safari web browser has been found to also affect Mac OS X versions as well. Apple released a new version of Safari (9.1.3) yesterday that will fix the vulnerability.
“The exploit allowed hackers to take full control over a victim’s device by tricking them into click a malicious link”, according to Brian Barrett of Wired.com:
Created by a shadowy cyberarms groups called NSO Group, the attack was discovered after a human rights activist named Ahmed Mansoor received two suspicious SMS messages. Suspecting a phishing attempt, he contacted researchers at Citizen Lab, who were able to identify the exploit’s exact mechanisms.
It’s not surprising that Apple’s desktop products are also affected; the vulnerability lies in Safari’s WebKit, the engine that drives web browsing on all of Apple’s hardware products.
In order to run the update, go the the Apple menu, select the App Store option, then click on Updates. The update will require a restart of the machine or device to take effect.
For more information, check out the article from Wired.com.
Apple’s Safari browser appears to in working order after experiencing some issues worldwide this morning. Searching from the address bar in both iOS and OS X was causing the browser to crash in some instances.
The issue seemed to be connected with the browser’s search suggestions feature. Disabling the feature seemed to be an effective workaround. However, not everyone was affected. The issue appeared to be connected to “only people whose Safari suggestions data storage updated during early AM hours” according to BuzzFeed News.
Apple Developer Steven Troughton-Smith confirmed over his Twitter account that the bug was fixed.
For more information on Apple software issues, check out the Apple Support Communities page.
For more information on Safari specifically, check out its support community.
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ClickToFlash is a restriction of ClickToPlugin that only deals with Flash content.
Fixes 27 flaws in WebKit browser engine
Apple today patched 27 vulnerabilities in Safari for Mac OS X and Windows, 85% of them critical bugs that could be exploited to hijack Macs or PCs. (more…)
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