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iOS 16.3.1 fixes major vulnerabilities but may cause a problem for this popular app

Google recently updated the world’s most popular browser, patching up 15 security flaws and adding some new features. Here’s what you get with the latest version of Chrome.

That’s not all we have in update news. Apple released an update that fixes some features and patches two significant vulnerabilities. Here’s what you need to know.

The fix is in

iOS 16.3.1 fixes two significant vulnerabilities, both allowing attackers to take control of your device:

  • An app may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
  • Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. 

Apple says that the second of these issues may have already been exploited, making it a zero-day flaw. This is particularly alarming and a good reason to update ASAP.

Updating your iPhone is as easy as going to Settings > General Software Update and selecting Download and Install.

ioa 16.3.1 update screen

Squashed bugs

The latest iOS also addresses the following bugs:

  • Fixed an issue with iCloud settings, where it became unresponsive or displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where Siri requests for Find My may not work.
  • iPhone 14 and 14 Pro models get improved crash detection (there were reports of the feature being triggered on rollercoasters).

Important information for Google Photos users

People who downloaded iOS 16.3.1 have reported that Google Photos is crashing on their phones. Fortunately, Google released an update to address the situation. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Open the App Store.
  • Tap your profile icon at the top of the screen.
  • Check if there’s an update for Google Photos. You’re looking for version 6.23.1.
  • Tap Update next to the app.

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