May 15, 2017 Last Updated 3:51 pm

Apple releases batch of security updates for iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS

The updates for both iOS and macOS contain two security fixes related to iBooks, including one that fixes an issue where a ‘maliciously crafted’ eBook from opening arbitrary websites without user permission

This weekend was not a good one for Microsoft and Windows users around the world. Coincidentally, Apple today released updates for all its operating systems, from mobile and desktop, to TV and watch (it was a coincidence, wasn’t it?).

iOS 10.3.2

The mobile operating system gets a security update. The update is, of course, for both iPhone and iPad, and apply to those with an iPhone 5 and later, an iPad 4th generation or later, and an iPod touch 6th generation.

The update itself effects a number of elements of the OS, but of particular note to digital publishers are those parts concerning iBooks.

The update stops some “maliciously crafted” eBook from opening arbitrary websites without user permission, and applications from being “able to execute arbitrary code with root privilege.”

You can find a fill breakdown of the security fixes on the Apple support page.

macOS 10.12.5

This update is a mix of security updates and bug fixes.

Among the fixes is one involving audio, where audio previously might stutter when played through USB headphones (remember, Apple got rid of the dedicated headphone port).

The update also fixes that same two security issues with iBooks mentioned above (where certain eBooks book may open arbitrary websites without user permission, and where the eBook might execute arbitrary code with root privileges).

The update also adds support for media-free installation of Windows 10 Creators Update using Boot Camp.

On my iMac, the update came in at 1.09GB in size.

tvOS 10.2.1

I think most people who own an Apple TV have their settings set for automatic updating, but if not, this one provides bug fixes and other enhancements to the 4th-generation Apple TV.

The Apple TV is long overdue for an update. The latest version was released in October of 2015 and still does not support 4K TVs — nor, of course, 4K streaming from iPhones, despite the fact that the iPhone can record in 4K. It is, in other words, the best example of one hand at Apple not know what the other is doing.

watchOS 3.2.2

Like the other Apple OS updates, this one is also a security related update. For more details, go to the Apple support page.

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