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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

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.

David Balaban
David Balaban

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.

David Balaban
David Balaban

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.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Crooks hoodwink Apple into green-lighting adware apps

The authors of notorious Mac adware found a workaround to fool Apple’s app notarization mechanism into allowing their code to run on Macs. The strain known as Shlayer can easily slip below the radar by making the system think it’s safe, while it’s not. In early 2020, Apple brought extra protection to the Mac by extensively checking third-party applications for dodgy characteristics such as code-signing inconsistencies.

David Balaban
David Balaban

Apple is slow to patch a Safari flaw that leads to data theft

A security enthusiast has published details on a Safari vulnerability Apple was planning to fix only a year after acknowledging the reported bug. The vulnerability was originally discovered by Pawel Wylecial who works for Poland-based cybersecurity services firm REDTEAM.PL. Technically, it is a bug in Web Share API, an interface allowing users to share browser content, such as text, links, and files, via third-party apps.

David Balaban
David Balaban