Apple has released the first batch of publicly available rapid security fixes.
These fixes are designed to eliminate various vulnerabilities in the security systems of the company’s devices. Through this solution, the risks that are particularly sensitive for Apple customers will be neutralized.
Rapid response updates to problems in the security process provide important improvements to device protection systems in between software updates. These are quick response measures, with the help of which users can fix bugs faster than the software updates provided for by the standard regulations.
Apple reports that the new feature is enabled by default. The company also states that some quick fixes can be installed without the need for a subsequent reboot of the device.
Quick security updates are available for iOS 16.4.1, iPad OS 16.4.1, and Mac OS 13.3.1 users. After installing the update, a letter will be added to the software version, for example, iOS 16.4.1 (a), iPadOS 16.4.1 (a), and macOS 13.3.1 (a).
Apple users whose devices are functioning on older versions of the software will not have access to the new feature.
The updates include improvements to critical system libraries, the Safari web browser, and the Webkit infrastructure stack.
Quick updates were launched on Monday, May 1. This process was not an example of an absolutely successful start. Some users reported that they were unable to install updates. The media reports that updates are downloaded quickly in this case, but their installation is not carried out immediately. At the same time, the company reported the instantaneous action of the function.
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Citizen Lab reported that the blocking mode introduced by Apple last year to prevent targeted attacks successfully countered at least one NSO exploit that exploited a vulnerability in the HomeKit Smart Home feature.
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