India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s cyber-security office has a warning for Apple users. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a high-risk warning for Mac users who are still using the old software. If your Safari browser is running a version prior to 15.4, CERT-In has immediately urged you to update your device. The warning states that previous Safari versions have several vulnerabilities that may have been exploited by hackers in an attempt to hijack your Mac.
In iPhones and iPads, these high-risk vulnerabilities have been found to exist due to out-of-bounds written in Audio, GPU Drivers, ICU, and WebKit, as well as a buffer overflow in AppleAVD. out-of-bounds read in AppleScript, SMB, and Kernel, as well as out-of-bounds written in Audio, ICU, PS Normalizer, GU Drivers, SMB, and WebKit, as highlighted by the CERT-In post.
For the iPhone and iPad, it rolled out iOS 15.5. For Mac, Apple released the macOS Monterey 12.4 update. While these updates do not bring many consumer-facing updates, they carry many under-the-hood improvements, as well as security fixes. Over 30 flaws on the iPhone and iPad and over 50 flaws in macOS were addressed in these updates. And these flaws are pretty serious because Apple did not just release them for the latest iOS and macOS versions but also for older supported versions.
Apart from the security updates, the new software updates bring certain new features. The Apple Wallet has gained support for the Apple Cash card, allowing users to request or send money directly to other eligible users. The Podcasts app now lets users set a limit for the number of episodes that will be stored on local storage while the older ones will be deleted.