To address the Pegasus spyware

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Apple has been clear on its data protection policies from day one. The Silicon Valley-based company released the App Tracking Transparency, in response to the data violation issue and since then has been tirelessly working to ensure that its user’s data is secure.

Apple has launched iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, watchOS 7.6.2, and macOS Big Sur 11.6 just one day before its next major event. All four upgrades are small, containing essential security fixes but no new functionality for their respective operating systems. As a result, Apple advises all customers to download them as soon as possible.

Further Details

According to Apple’s security note for iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8: “The processing of a maliciously designed PDF might result in the execution of arbitrary code.

According to reports, this vulnerability has been actively exploited.” To address the problem, Apple also published WatchOS 7.6.2, macOS Big Sur 11.6, and a security upgrade for macOS Catalina.

It may address up to two issues, depending on the update. One derives from Apple’s WebKit browser engine, while the other is related to the CoreGraphics framework in iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The company claims it is aware of at least one incident in which the vulnerabilities were actively exploited to execute arbitrary code in both cases. Additionally, The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto uncovered one of the weaknesses, which is tied to the Pegasus spyware.

Wrapping Up

The security patch was released a day before Apple unveiled a slew of new goods, including iPads, Apple Watches, and iPhones. The business touted its security precautions which will prevent data copying during the autumn gadget rollout, which is one of the company’s most important annual events.

Apple claims that privacy is “baked in from the start” in the forthcoming version of its iOS software, which will block trackers and prevent email tracking, among other security features.