Network Security, Patch/Configuration Management, Vulnerability Management

Apple issues updates for multiple operating systems, Safari browser

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Apple yesterday released software updates for five of its offerings: Safari, ioS, watchOS, tvOS and Apple Support for iOS.

The company fixed three vulnerabilities in Safari 12: a logic issue that could enable a malicious website to exfiltrate autofilled data (CVE-2018-4307), an error that prevents users from deleting their browsing history if their visits involved redirect chains (CVE-2018-4329), and an inconsistent user interface issue that could result in user interface spoofing upon visiting malicious websites (CVE-2018-4195).

For iOS 12, Apple addressed 16 vulnerabilities found in multiple components; namely, Accounts, Bluetooth, Core Bluetooth, CoreMedia, IOMobileFrameBuffer, iTunes Store, Kernel, Messages, Notes Safari, SafariViewController, Security, Status Bar and Wi-Fi. The Core Bluetooth flaw, CVE-2018-4330, is a memory corruption issue that could allow an application to execute arbitrary code with system privileges.

The watchOS 5 software was updated to remedy bugs found in the iTunes Store, Kernel, Safari and Security components, while tvOS12 was improved to fix problems discovered in the software's Bluetooth, iTunes Store, Kernel Safari, and Security elements.

Finally, Apple repaired a vulnerability in Apple Support 2.4 for iOS 11.0 and later by adopting HTTPS for the transmission of analytics data. When only HTTP is used, attackers with privileged network access could potentially intercept the data when it's sent to Apple.

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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