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Apple releases dozens of security patches for its numerous products

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December 10, 2015

Apple said earlier today that it has released numerous security patches for dozens of flaws in its products such as the iPhone, the iPad and its OS X operating system.

The company has posted security updates for nearly all of its product lines, removing security bugs in iOS, OS X, watchOS, tvOS, Safari and even Xcode.

For OS X users, the security update is packaged as El Capitan 10.11.2 or Security Update 2015-008 for Yosemite and Mavericks.

It addresses no less than 54 CVE-listed security holes in the Apple desktop OS, including remote code execution vulnerabilities in the OS X Kernel, CoreGraphics and OpenGL.

Though Apple said that it recommends all OS X users install the security update, it cautioned that the fix will also disable QuickTime 7, and anyone who needs to use the plug-in to view content will need to manually enable it in Safari.

Speaking of Safari, Apple has posted a separate update to fix no less than twelve security flaws in the browser's WebKit engine, including vulnerabilities that can be targeted for remote code execution attacks. Users should update to Safari 9.0.2 to get the fixes.

Also among the updates is iOS 9.2. It will patch no less than fifty CVE-listed flaws in iOS, including eleven flaws for the WebKit engine.

Users can obtain the update through iTunes or the Software Update tool in the iOS settings app.

In addition to the security fixes, iOS 9.2 will add new features for Apple Music, News and Mail.

For Apple Watch owners, there is watchOS 2.1, which includes security patches for no less than thirty CVE-listed issues.

Among the patched security holes are vulnerabilities that could allow for remote code execution, denial of service (DDoS) and elevation of privilege attacks.

Those owning the new fourth-generation AppleTV will be asked to install the tvOS 9.1 update. The fix addresses an outstanding forty-eight CVE-listed security bugs in the set-top box, including many of the WebKit and Kernel flaws patched in the other Apple Updates.

And last but not least, Apple has also posted a security update for its Xcode developer tools, addressing bugs in the Git, IDE SCM and oTools components.

Source: Apple.

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