macOS Sonoma has a whole host of security fixes – should we be worried?
The highly anticipated macOS 14 Sonoma, packed with exciting new features, may already have been targeted by cybercriminals, experts warn.
Just 24 hours after its release, Apple released an update to the new software that fixes 61 apparent security issues.
The full list of fixes, available here, included issues with the App Store, Bluetooth, iCloud, Maps, Messages, Music and more, with users advised to update immediately.
Serious breaches or business as usual?
Although it is not uncommon for a patch of this type to be released shortly after its first day release, the vulnerabilities mentioned raise questions about the security of this latest operating system from Apple.
Of the 61 vulnerabilities found and patched, nine involve app access to sensitive user data, four involve apps that can bypass privacy settings, and three involve app access to sensitive user location information, in addition to a slew of kernel-related issues – thankfully all of which have been patched .
The update comes just days after Apple released emergency fixes for three serious iOS and macOS bugs that allowed hackers to install and run malware on user devices.
Patches like these highlight the importance of keeping operating systems up to date for both individuals and businesses, as exploits can cause catastrophic damage if they manage to obtain sensitive user or financial data.
Apple recently released the Rapid Security Response feature on both macOS and iOS devices, allowing security patches to be quickly installed as soon as they are released without restarting the device or interrupting the user experience, better protecting devices against security breaches and bug exploitation.
macOS 14 Sonoma was released to the public on September 26, 2023. If you want to install the latest version, check out our handy installation guide or read about some of the exciting features available on this latest operating system from Apple.