Apple patched an actively exploited Webkit arbitrary code execution bug with the release of macOS Ventura13.2.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, and iOS 16.3.1 on Monday. The same update also seems to have broken Google Photos, which now instantly crashes on iPhones running iOS 16.3.1.
Since the vulnerability is known to be actively exploited in the wild, it’d be wise to upgrade your devices as soon as possible unless you’re using an iPhone and can’t live without Google Photos.
According to Apple’s security notes, the fixes were released for an issue where an app may use kernel privileges to execute arbitrary code, and improved memory management fixed the problem.
Another fix was issued for a webkit bug. “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” Apple said in the security notes.
In addition to the security fixes, the update also adds Siri Find My feature, more crash detection optimisations for iPhone 14 lineup and a fix for issues with iCloud settings.
The Cupertino-based tech giant’s device line-up has been getting steady updates over the year but Apple seems to be coming out of its shell with the foldable iPad release slated for 2024. In a series of tweets, ming-Chi Kuo, a supply chain analyst, claimed that Apple might launch a foldable iPad in 2024 along with a revamped version of the iPad Mini with a processor upgrade.