Update Safari if you haven’t already

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techno.rentetan.com – Safari on iPhone, iPad, or Mac isn’t completely secure. It was just a month ago that we alerted you to a critical security weakness in Apple’s Safari web browser. This issue may have enabled hackers to obtain your personal information from other open websites, which is, of course, a terrible thing. After months of delay, Apple finally fixed one massive security hole, just in time for another to peek through the gaps.

Security flaws have been uncovered in WebKit, Apple’s foundation for Safari on iOS and iPad as well as all third-party browsers for iOS and iPadOS based on WebKit. Because of this WebKit flaw, malicious code may be injected into the system of unwitting Apple users. If you process this malicious code on your device, hackers will be able to use an arbitrary code execution vulnerability to execute any malware they want.

Safari’s security weaknesses are particularly troubling on mobile devices. Yes, you may use Chrome or Firefox as a temporary browser on a Mac. If you’re using iOS or iPadOS, all browsers are basically just Safari, thanks to WebKit. If a security hole is discovered in WebKit, it affects all mobile browsers.

This security weakness may have already been exploited, therefore all impacted computers should upgrade as soon as possible, according to Apple. Your devices count if you use Safari on a Mac or an iPhone or iPad. Fortunately, iOS 15.3.1, iPadOS 15.3.1, and macOS 12.2.1 are here to help.

How to fix a security flaw in Safari

The patch for this Safari security problem is as simple as updating your iPhone, iPad, or Mac as usual. You may download and install the new version of the app by going to Settings > General > Software Update and following the on-screen instructions. Go to System Preferences > Software Update in Mac and follow the on-screen directions to download and install the macOS 12.2.1 update.

If you’re running the betas for iOS 15.4, iPadOS 15.4, or macOS 12.3, you’re all set. Those betas seem to have already fixed the security problem, and hence, beta participants have not received a new security update. Our advice on how to get these betas on your devices can be found here if you’re interested in following along.

In addition to making Safari more secure, version 15.3.1 of iOS and iPadOS fixes an issue that affects Braille displays. When it comes to battery depletion on MacBooks, macOS 12.2.1 resolves the problem by fixing a Bluetooth issue. You should upgrade your Apple devices as soon as possible for all of these reasons.