Apple has just released a major software update for several of its main product lines that fixes a security vulnerability that, according to the company, could have been exploited in the wild.
This comes as the company released its latest version of iOS 17, 17.3 alongside iPadOS 17.3 and macOS Sonoma 14.3, as well as new versions of tvOS and watchOS 10. Since this is a major update, most of them bring new features to your Apple devices, including a significant anti-theft protection feature on iPhone, collaborative Apple Music playlists, and a new Apple Watch face.
However, almost all updates for iOS and beyond are accompanied by significant security updates, and this week’s stable release is no exception.
The important security update of iOS 17.3
Apple says it has fixed security issues in the Apple Neural engine on iPhone and iPad, Safari, shortcuts, etc. The most important is the third of three WebKit updates, all of which fix exploits that could have led to « arbitrary code execution ». Apple states that this particular WebKit involved « the processing of maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution, » essentially meaning that an attacker takes control of your Mac or iPhone. Apple states it is « aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited, » suggesting that bad actors may have already used this exploit to attempt to hijack devices, steal data, etc.
While it’s always a good idea to keep your iPhone up to date for security reasons, this is another example of a particularly important security update that you don’t want to delay.
To download iOS 17.3:
The update is available for all top Apple iPhones, including the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro, as well as older models up to the iPhone XS included.
As mentioned, Apple claims that this issue is also present in macOS Sonoma and as such, it has been fixed in macOS 14.3, which can be downloaded from your system settings on Mac.
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