Apple Fixes Dozens Of Serious MacOS, iOS Flaws

Posted May 17, 2017

Apple has patched a wide range of serious vulnerabilities in iOS 10.3.2, including several flaws in the kernel and a number of others that can be used to execute arbitrary code.

It's a new day in the land of Apple gadgets, with users receiving security updates that were pushed out yesterday (May 15).

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Coincidentally, Apple today released updates for all its operating systems, from mobile and desktop, to TV and watch (it was a coincidence, wasn't it?).

Apple has released the final updates of its iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1 operating systems to users worldwide, along with macOS server 5.3 and Xcode 8.3.2 for registered developers. Developers can download the update from Apple's Developer Center or over-the-air via an iPhone or iPad. While your system may be set to automatically install updates, you can manually force the process by opening the Settings channel, clicking System and then Software Updates, and finally selecting Update Software.

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As for what's included in this update, Apple says that it "includes bug fixes and improves the security of your iPhone or iPad".

The macOS update also fixes a series of bugs in WindowServer, a component that manages requests between OS X apps and the machine's graphics hardware, uncovered at Pwn2Own. Before installing any of the updates, complete a backup of your devices, just in case you need to revert back if you find you have a problem with the updated software. Identified improvements include a fix for an issue where audio may stutter when played through USB headphones, a mysterious claim of enhanced Mac App Store compatibility with future updates, and added support for media-free installations of the Windows 10 Creators Update in Boot Camp. The tvOS 10.2.1 brings fourth-generation Apple TV's bug fixes and other enhancements.

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Apple Watch users can click on the Watch icon on their iPhones, the scroll down to and tap General, then tap Software Update.