Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Apple Fixes Vulnerabilities in Safari, iOS, OS X, Apple TV

Updates containing fixes for security vulnerabilities were made available by Apple on Monday for iOS, Safari, OS X Mavericks and Apple TV.

Updates containing fixes for security vulnerabilities were made available by Apple on Monday for iOS, Safari, OS X Mavericks and Apple TV.

iPhone and iPad users can update their device’s operating systems to iOS 7.1.2, which in addition to some bug fixes also addresses 44 security holes. As part of the latest release, Apple has updated the certificate trust policy for iPhone 4 and later, iPod touch and later, and iPad 2 and later.

Flaws have been addressed in iOS features and components such as the kernel, CoreGraphics, launchd, Activation Lock, the lock screen, mail, the Safari Web browser, the virtual assistant Siri, secure transport mechanisms, the open source rendering engine WebKit, and the Find My Phone option in the settings menu.

Dima Kovalenko of, cunzhang from Adlab of Venustech, Ian Beer of Google Project Zero, mblsec, Erling Ellingsen of Facebook, Andreas Kurtz of NESO Security Labs, miaubiz, cloudfuzzer, banty, Atte Kettunen of OUSPG, the Google Chrome Security Team and others have been credited in Apple’s advisory for reporting these issues.

With the release of OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 and Security Update 2014-003, Apple has updated the certificate trust policy, and has addressed 19 vulnerabilities in components like Thunderbolt, kernel graphics drivers, launchd, IOReporting, IOGraphicsFamily, IOAcceleratorFamily, the Intel graphics driver, iBooks, the Dock and cURL.

The security advisory published for the OS X Mavericks update credits Thijs Alkemade of The Adium Project, Catherine (winocm),  Ben Langfeld of Mojo Lingo LLC, Ian Beer of Google Project Zero, cunzhang from Adlab of Venustech, Steve Dunham, Chaitanya (SegFault) working with iDefense VCP, and an anonymous researcher working with HP’s Zero Day Initiative.

Just over a month after it released Safari 7.0.4 and Safari 6.1.4, Apple made available on Monday Safari 7.0.5 and Safari 6.1.5. A total of 12 security flaws affecting WebKit have been addressed with the latest releases. The vulnerabilities could lead to unexpected application termination, arbitrary code execution, disclosure of local file content, and domain name spoofing.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Erling Ellingsen of Facebook,  Aaron Sigel of, Renata Hodovan of the University of Szeged, miaubiz, the Google Chrome Security Team, and Wushi of Keen Cloud Tech (Keen Team) have reported the issues to Apple. It’s worth noting that Safari 7.0.5 is included in the latest Mavericks v10.9.4 update.

As far as Apple TV is concerned, a total of 35 vulnerabilities have been fixed with the release of version 6.2. Most of the flaws are the same ones that have been fixed in iOS and Mavericks, but there is one issue that’s specific to Apple TV. A bug affecting second generation and later Apple TVs could have been exploited by a signed-in user to complete an iTunes Store transaction without providing a valid password when prompted.

Written By

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.

Click to comment

Daily Briefing Newsletter

Subscribe to the SecurityWeek Email Briefing to stay informed on the latest threats, trends, and technology, along with insightful columns from industry experts.

SecurityWeek’s Threat Detection and Incident Response Summit brings together security practitioners from around the world to share war stories on breaches, APT attacks and threat intelligence.


Securityweek’s CISO Forum will address issues and challenges that are top of mind for today’s security leaders and what the future looks like as chief defenders of the enterprise.


Expert Insights

Related Content


Less than a week after announcing that it would suspended service indefinitely due to a conflict with an (at the time) unnamed security researcher...

Data Breaches

OpenAI has confirmed a ChatGPT data breach on the same day a security firm reported seeing the use of a component affected by an...

Risk Management

The supply chain threat is directly linked to attack surface management, but the supply chain must be known and understood before it can be...


The latest Chrome update brings patches for eight vulnerabilities, including seven reported by external researchers.


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft warns vulnerability (CVE-2023-23397) could lead to exploitation before an email is viewed in the Preview Pane.


Apple has released updates for macOS, iOS and Safari and they all include a WebKit patch for a zero-day vulnerability tracked as CVE-2023-23529.

IoT Security

A group of seven security researchers have discovered numerous vulnerabilities in vehicles from 16 car makers, including bugs that allowed them to control car...

IoT Security

A vulnerability affecting Dahua cameras and video recorders can be exploited by threat actors to modify a device’s system time.