Apple's iOS 12 comes with significant security updates and a password manager

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

25 September 2018

The newest version of Apple’s OS for mobile devices has been launched—and is is set to fix a number of security vulnerabilities.

Last week Apple issued a security notice for iOS 12 describing the security changes that the update would bring, and then quickly issued an accompanying guide—which is the quickest they have ever done so following the release of an update.

The focus for this version of iOS is on stability, and though the company does not discuss security flaws that are currently under investigation (for obvious reasons), it has confirmed that the update fixes a number of flaws that could have left users vulnerable.

One of the most serious of these was an issue with Messages, wherein an attacker could have accessed a user’s deleted messages because of an issue with how the application processed snapshots.

An encryption issue has also been resolved in this update. CVE-2016-1777 was apparently caused by weaknesses in the RC4 protocol. Apple has simply removed this protocol.

Then, the positive: iOS 12 has a new password manager, which is a fantastic step forward in terms of standardising greater password protections. It also encourages users to use two-factor authentication (2FA) and blocks USB access to your phone if it’s been unused for over an hour.

The newest iOS also updates the Safari browser, fixing issues around the potential theft of auto-filled data and browsing history information.

Users of Apple mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads, are highly encouraged to update their software as soon as possible to ensure that their devices are running the most secure version of iOS possible.

You can download the update here.

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