Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?



Over 60 Vulnerabilities Patched in Apple TV

Apple has patched more than 60 vulnerabilities with the release of Apple TV 7.2.1, including flaws that can lead to arbitrary code execution, application crashes, and information disclosure.

Apple has patched more than 60 vulnerabilities with the release of Apple TV 7.2.1, including flaws that can lead to arbitrary code execution, application crashes, and information disclosure.

The last time Apple issued an update for Apple TV was in April 2015 when it released version 7.2. It has since released two updates for tvOS, the operating system developed for the fourth generation of the company’s media player.

With the release of version 7.2.1, Apple resolved security holes in over 20 different components of the third generation of Apple TV, including WebKit, the kernel, the third-party app sandbox, Office Viewer, IOKit, ImageIO, FontParser, DiskImages, bootp, CloudKit, and various libraries.

The list of issues patched by Apple includes vulnerabilities that can be exploited for information disclosure, execution of unsigned code, arbitrary code execution, application crashes, and modifications to protected parts of the filesystem.

It’s worth pointing out that the vulnerabilities resolved by Apple on Thursday are not new. They were fixed last year in several other products, including OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, Safari 8.0.8, and El Capitan 10.11.

This is the fourth series of updates released by Apple in 2016. The Cupertino-based company previously released fixes for tvOS, Safari, OS X, iOS and QuickTime.

Apple has been trying to make its products increasingly secure, up to the point where even the company can’t hack into its customers’ devices. While many users and privacy advocates applaud the initiative, authorities are not too happy about it.

The FBI is currently trying to convince a judge to force Apple to create an alternative operating system for its iPhone that would allow investigators to brute-force the PIN on the phone of the San Bernardino shooter.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

The tech industry is largely backing Apple on the decision to oppose a judge’s initial order asking the company to comply with the FBI’s request for what Apple CEO Tim Cook calls a “backdoor.” However, a recent survey showed that a majority of Americans have sided with the FBI

Related: Apple Case Not About Setting Precedent, Says FBI Chief

Related: Apple Chief Calls FBI iPhone Case ‘Bad for America’

Related: Industry Reactions to FBI’s Request for iPhone Backdoor

Written By

Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a managing 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.

Gain valuable insights from industry professionals who will help guide you through the intricacies of industrial cybersecurity.


Join us for an in depth exploration of the critical nature of software and vendor supply chain security issues with a focus on understanding how attacks against identity infrastructure come with major cascading effects.


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...

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...


A researcher at IOActive discovered that home security systems from SimpliSafe are plagued by a vulnerability that allows tech savvy burglars to remotely disable...

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...


Patch Tuesday: Microsoft calls attention to a series of zero-day remote code execution attacks hitting its Office productivity suite.


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


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