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macOS Sierra

Apple gets around to patching all the other High Sierra security holes

Apple has released a security update to address nearly two dozen vulnerabilities in macOS High Sierra. The update comes little more than a week after Apple had to kick out an emergency fix to close up a glaring hole in macOS that allowed anyone with access to a Mac (either in person or remote) to bypass the login screen and …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Dec 2017

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

Apple has posted an update to address a host of bugs in its iOS mobile software. The iOS 11.2 update patches both security and stability bugs in the iPad/iPhone firmware. It will also improve the wireless charging for new iPhones and add a payments feature to Siri and Messages, Apple promises. The bugs addressed in iOS 11.2 …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Dec 2017
Maurice Moss IT crowd

Apple embraces El Reg! iOS 11 is now biting the hand that types IT

Call it a bug, call it a spellcheck quirk, or call it a wonderful bit of wishful thinking; iPhone owners are all about the IT department these days. Thanks to an apparent error in the latest version of iOS, some Apple fans see the word "it" autocorrect to "I.T." when typing messages. Similarly, "is" is autocorrected to "I.S." …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Nov 2017
iOS messed up keyboard

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

Updated Apple says it is working on a fix for an annoying bug in iOS 11 that leaves some fans unable to properly type the letter 'i' without it glitching out. The Cupertino profit factory recommends peeps running iOS 11.1, the most recent version of its smartphone and tablet OS, change their keyboard settings to automatically replace …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2017

FYI: iOS apps can turn on your camera any time without warning

A top iOS security researcher has uncovered yet another privacy loophole in Apple's mobile firmware. Felix Krause, founder of Fastlane.Tools, said the way Apple's software handles camera access and recording is leaving many fans vulnerable to being spied on by apps on their gadgets without any notification or warning. Krause …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Oct 2017
IK Multimedia AmpliTube on GarageBand

GarageBanned: Apple's music app silenced in iOS 11 iCloud blunder

Apple is working on a fix for a bug in iOS 11 that prevents some peeps from running GarageBand. The iPhone maker says fans have reported the music-making application no longer launches properly after installing the new iOS update with iCloud integration switched on. Disabling iCloud access for GarageBand, through the iCloud …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2017
screenshot from Felix Krause's blog

Apple's iOS password prompts prime punters for phishing: Too easy now for apps to swipe secrets, dev warns

Apple, we have a problem. A bug report filed Monday through Open Radar – which mirrors bug reports developers submit to Apple's private bug tracking system – suggests that password prompts in iOS apps can be misused to steal passwords and other secrets. In a blog post today describing the issue, developer Felix Krause, founder …
Thomas Claburn, 10 Oct 2017

Microsoft Edge shock: Browser opts for Apple WebKit, Google Blink

Microsoft has released a beta version of its Edge web browser for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. The Redmond windows fitter said it created the ports as a way to let iPhones and 'droids better communicate with Windows 10 devices. Neither will look to directly compete with Chrome or Safari, but rather will be a custom …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Oct 2017
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches

Apple has pushed out a software update to address the handful of bugs that were nagging its latest iPhone models and flavor of iOS. The iOS 11.0.2 release consists of a trio of fixes that were reported by fans shortly after the arrival of version 11.0 of the operating system and iPhone 8 and 8 Plus last month. Most notably, …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2017

Have MAC, will hack: iThings have trivial-to-exploit Wi-Fi bug

iThing owners, do not skip iOS 11: it plugs a dead-easy-to-exploit drive-by Wi-Fi bug. All an attacker needed to own a phone with a vulnerable Broadcom Wi-Fi chip was the target's MAC address, and exploit code running on a laptop. As shown in this now-unsealed Google bug thread, this discovery by Gal Beniamini – very like one …

Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

Updated Apple's latest version of iOS, namely version 11, may struggle or flat-out fail to connect to Microsoft Office and Exchange mailboxes. That's a rather annoying pain for anyone working in a typical Windows-based work environment. The Cupertino idiot-tax operation admitted this week that iOS 11 contains a bug that potentially …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Sep 2017
Apple's iPhone X

Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

Apple has summoned friendly press to its new Cupertino campus to christen the Steve Jobs Theater with the introduction of a new set of products to hit the shelves this Fall. CEO Tim Cook used the occasion to showcase updates to the AppleTV and Watch lines, while a new, eye-wateringly expensive iPhone model stole the show. …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2017
iPhone 6S battery

What code is running on Apple's Secure Enclave security chip? Now we have a decryption key...

Apple's Secure Enclave, an ARM-based coprocessor used to enhance iOS security, became a bit less secure on Thursday with the publication of a firmware decryption key. The key does not provide access to the Secure Enclave Processor (SEP). Rather, it offers the opportunity to decrypt and explore the otherwise encrypted firmware …
Thomas Claburn, 17 Aug 2017
Mickey Mouse doll

Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids' info through mobile games

Disney has been sued in America for allegedly collecting children's personal information without getting parents' approvals. A class-action lawsuit [PDF] filed Thursday in northern California accuses the unstoppable children's entertainment brand and three of its developer partners of violating privacy laws by tracking the …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Aug 2017
Sad Android

Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

Black Hat A study into government-grade Android spyware led researchers to a new strain of surveillance malware lurking in the Google Play app store – a strain that has now been unceremoniously booted out of the software marketplace. Last month it was revealed that the Mexican government was infecting smartphones with malware to spy on …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jul 2017

Reminder: Spies, cops don't need to crack WhatsApp. They'll just hack your smartphone

Police in Germany will forego seeking decryption keys for secure messaging apps, like WhatsApp, and instead simply hack devices to snoop on suspects. Given the grumblings coming from Australia, the UK, and other Five Eyes states about encrypted messaging, we suspect these nations will follow suit – if they're not there already …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jul 2017

No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

The comforting notion that iOS devices are immune to malicious code attacks has taken a knock following the release of a new study by mobile security firm Skycure. Malicious mobile apps in Apple's App Store are mercifully rare (XcodeGhost aside) compared to the comparative "Wild West" of the Google Play store, which has come …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2017

Apple hurls out patches for dozens of security holes in iOS, macOS

Apple has today released patches addressing roughly four dozen exploitable security vulnerabilities in iOS, macOS, and WatchOS. The iOS 10.3.3 update resolves 47 flaws for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, including multiple remote code execution holes in the WebKit browser engine. Fixes were also posted for the Apple Watch's …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Jul 2017

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