Apple Releases Security Updates for Mavericks, iOS, Safari

The latest updates to Apple's OS X Mavericks and iOS operating systems, both released on Monday, address a number of bugs and security vulnerabilities. The new version of Mavericks -- officially named OS X Mavericks v10.9.4 -- fixes issues that had prevented some Macs from automatically connecting to known Wi-Fi networks, and also improves the reliability of waking from sleep mode.

A new version of AppleEUs mobile operating system, iOS 7.1.2, was released alongside the Mavericks update on June 30. The mobile upgrade addresses issues in the iPhone 4 and later generations, as well as the iPod Touch 5 and later, and the iPad 2 and later. Apple also updated its web browser to Safari 7.0.5.

Multiple Security Fixes

The update to AppleEUs operating system, its third so far in 2014, includes a number of changes. AppleEUs support Web site lists fixes to MaverickEUs Certificate Trust Policy, Dock, graphics driver, and Thunderbolt drivers, among others.

Most of the fixes target problems with MaverickEUs WebKit rendering engine which allow Web sites to crash the browser or execute malicious code, according to a report on The Register. The security bugs also include a potential leak of iBooks logs that could reveal a userEUs Apple ID, and a vulnerability in the Dock that allows malicious code execution. It also includes a fix to prevent malicious ZIP archives from executing code and to prevent remote server attacks, plus a way to circumvent the screensaver lock.

AppleEUs iOS update also includes patches for a number of security problems, including one that allows the Siri voice command system to reveal a userEUs contact list. The upgrade includes patches for the OS kernel, Mail, WebKit, and Safari. According to a report on Expert Reviews, the vulnerability to remote code execution makes the new iOS highly recommended, although warns...

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