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Long-standing Safari bug could fuel misinformation campaigns

Long-standing Safari bug could fuel misinformation campaigns

The bug allowing this unorthodox exploitation to occur was originally spotted by the MacRumors website crew almost two years ago (in February 2019). In a nutshell, it boils down to an imperfection in the link-sharing feature of Safari on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch mobile devices. While allowing anyone to add a text excerpt from an arbitrary article to the iMessage link preview...

David Balaban
David Balaban
macOS Big Sur: release date, compatible devices list, and security updates

macOS Big Sur: release date, compatible devices list, and security updates

The macOS 11 Big Sur operating system created a lot of ripples in the Apple world immediately after being announced at the latest WWDC event held in June. This is arguably the most tangible overhaul of macOS look and feel in recent years. It features, among other things, a redesigned Dock, an all-new Notification Center, a more streamlined Maps app, and window curvature that feels so different.

David Balaban
David Balaban
Malicious apps fly under the radar of Apple’s notarization mechanism, again

Malicious apps fly under the radar of Apple’s notarization mechanism, again

App notarization is Apple’s software auditing technique focused on extensively vetting code before it ends up in the Gatekeeper whitelist. Adopted earlier this year, it requires developers to submit their apps for in-depth automated inspection aiming to look for signs of malicious behavior. If a piece of software passes these checks, it can be executed...

David Balaban
David Balaban
Dozens of security loopholes discovered in Apple’s services

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.

David Balaban
David Balaban
Researchers found an unfixable bug in Apple’s T2 Security Chip

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...

David Balaban
David Balaban
Recent macOS Mojave security update got out of hand

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.

David Balaban
David Balaban