Apple releases iOS 12.2 with bug fixes for over 50 mobile security issues


Apple Inc has addressed almost 50 mobile security issues with the release of its latest iOS 12.2 updates. And the fix is said to support various issues maligning the company Airpods (eavesdropping), Animoji, AirPlay 2 and the newly launched Apple News+.

Security analysts of Apple suggest that the iPhone maker has also covered the critical flaw that allows hackers to take control of the device’s microphone to listen and record an iPhone user’s conversation.

To those who aren’t aware of updating their devices with the latest fix, here’s a guiding procedure. Just go the ‘Settings’ tab and click on ‘General’. Then tap on ‘software update’ and then press download and install on the displayed iOS 12.2 feature.

Apple’s iOS 12.3 update is said to resolve the security flaw along with 49 others which include the ‘WebKit’ flaw.

Note 1- In the first week of March’19, news reports started to spread that microphone vulnerability is allowing hackers to eavesdrop on the conversations of iPhone users. Technically speaking, a flaw labeled as CVE-2019-8566 in the ‘ReplayKit’ feature which allows game developers to let users’ record video and audio from their devices to share with others was also allowing cybercrooks to listen to the conversations through malicious apps accessing microphone without the knowledge of the actual user.

Note 2- The update is in align with the advisory issued by the US National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Note 3- On Monday this week, Apple unveiled the news subscription service named Apple News+ which is said to cost $9.99 a month and will give content access to over 300 magazines which includes topics such as sports illustrated, National Geographic, People, content from New York magazine, Esquire, Food & Wine, Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appétit, Elle, Time, Vanity Fair, Wired, Vogue, Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Note 4- Early this week, the iPhone giant also announced that its AirPlay 2 feature will now on let users stream wireless videos, music, and photos onto smart TVs made by Sony, LG, Samsung, and Vizio.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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