Dozens of security loopholes discovered in Apple’s services
The white hats – Sam Curry, Ben Sadeghipour, Brett Buerhaus, Samuel Erb, and Tanner Barnes – teamed up in early July 2020 to check Apple’s electronic infrastructure for weak links. The collaboration turned out fruitful as the five enthusiasts pinpointed 55 vulnerabilities in different areas of Apple’s digital “household” over a three-month period.
Researchers found an unfixable bug in Apple’s T2 Security Chip
Macs equipped with the T2 co-processor are susceptible to hacks that piggyback on a newsmaking vulnerability dubbed Checkm8. This security loophole has been around for quite some time, enabling gray hats to get around the protections in a series of iPhone models. However, the recent discovery of a method to exploit the Apple T2 Security Chip significantly inflates the adverse security implications...
Recent macOS Mojave security update got out of hand
The troublemaking update, flagged as 2020-005, went live on September 24, 2020. Shortly after the release, it became obvious that something went wrong with it. Numerous macOS Mojave users noticed their computers slow down to a crawl. This nuisance would be combined with memory bugs, long boot time, and unusually high fan speeds.
Here is why sharing your custom iPhone home screen is a bad idea
The latest version of Apple’s operating system for mobile devices comes with awesome UI tweaks, important vulnerability patches, Siri improvements, Safari privacy enhancements, and many more bells and whistles under the hood. One of the features most welcomed by iPhone fans is that the home screen can finally be personalized via widgets, custom wallpapers, and favorite apps library.
Apple patches a critical privilege escalation flaw in iOS and iPadOS
As expected, Apple released the latest versions of its mobile operating systems, iOS 14.0 and iPadOS 14.0, on September 16, 2020. The big event has brought a series of previously announced perks to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod. These include, among other things, UI improvements, Siri enhancements, and privacy tweaks that limit the use of the microphone, camera, and geolocation by apps.
Apple Pay may soon get an extra security layer
Evidence suggests that iOS 14 will likely introduce a Wallet feature allowing users to complete in-store purchases via QR codes aside from NFC. A mechanism called “optical coupling” could become an alternative to the currently dominant use of near-field communication (NFC) in scenarios where a user is buying from physical retailers.