Apple released a slew of updates to its entire operating system ecosystem last week, including iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Today the company has started rolling out minor updates (iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, and macOS 11.3.1) that don’t add any significant new features. However, All three are critical as they fix a vulnerability that may have been exploitedThat’s why you should install them on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac as soon as possible.
Apple mentions that the updates fix a memory corruption issue that could be exploited to remotely execute malicious code. “Processing maliciously crafted web content can result in arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware that this issue may have been actively exploited, ”the press release said.
According to Apple, the vulnerability may have been exploited in the wild
Additionally, The update also fixes an issue that prevented users from receiving App Tracking Transparency prompts from certain apps. With these prompts, which appeared after iOS 14.5 was released, an app can explicitly ask for permission from users to track their activity for serving targeted ads. Apple has made it clear that all apps must seek permission from users and those that do not meet these standards may be kicked from the app store.
What does Apple mean in apps that track user activity? Tracking refers to the association of user or device data collected by your app with user or device data collected by other companies’ apps, websites, or offline properties for targeted advertising or advertising measurement purposes. Tracking also refers to the exchange of user or device data with data brokers, ”explains the company.
So if you don’t want an app to track your activity to serve personalized ads, you can simply turn it off. However, each app has a way of explaining why it wants to collect your data so you can better understand it and make a decision.
I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.