The iOS 15.3.1 update is available on all compatible iPhones. This new version of the mobile OS fixes a flaw in Safari that allows users to spy on the browsing history of Internet users without their knowledge.
In early January 2022, FingerprintJS, a company specializing in detecting internet fraud, identified a huge flaw in the code of Safari, the default web browser for iPhones, iPads and MacBooks. By exploiting this breach, a site is able to take over your browsing history without your knowledge. It is also possible to know your Google user ID.
Aware of the privacy risks, Apple quickly got down to developing a fix for Safari 15. Several weeks after the vulnerability was discovered, the Cupertino giant rolled out iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1 on all compatible devices. These firmwares contain a patch that helps protect you from intrusive websites.
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Apple encourages iPhone users to install iOS 15.3.1
Note that a temporary patch, allowing spies to be kept at a distance, had already been integrated into the iOS 15.3 update. With this new update, Apple definitely closes the security holeé endangering the privacy of Safari users.
In the changelog published on February 10, Apple explains that “processing malicious web content may lead to arbitrary code execution” on your device. “Apple is aware of a report indicating that this issue may have been actively exploited”warns the company, which encourages users to urgently install the firmware.
To install the update on your iPhone or iPad, simply go to the Settings of your terminal. Then go to the section General then go to Software update. A new version of your operating system should be available.
At the same time, Apple launched the second beta version of iOS 15.4. This future interface update will allow you to unlock your iPhone using Face ID while wearing a coronavirus mouth mask. Previously, this feature was limited to Apple Watch users. The stable version should land in March.