Apple rolls out patches for its devices,fixes Webkit bug


Apple Inc released a series of important security patches for a wide range of devices it manufactures from watches to personal computers on Monday.

The California-based tech giant said it is addressing a “memory corruption issue” in WebKit, the engine that powers Apple’s Safari Web browser.

The bug could lead to the execution of “arbitrary code” due to maliciously crafted web content.

The Tim Cook-led company issued relevant patches for iPhones and iPads that will update the operating system of these devices to iOS and iPadOS 14.4.1.

For computer users, the macOS Big Sur operating will be updated to version 11.2.3. Those still on older versions of macOS can install the latest version of the Safari web browser which is 14.0.3.

Apple Watch’s operating system gets watchOS 7.3.2 to address the issue.

The threats were identified by Clément Lecigne of Alphabet Inc subsidiary Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Alison Huffman of Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Browser Vulnerability Research.

The identified threats are not believed to be actively exploited by hackers, unlike last month’s WebKit vulnerabilities that led to the release of iOS 14.4.

Apple shares closed nearly 4.2% lower at $116.36 in the regular session on Monday and gained 0.41% in the after-hours trading.