APPLE is working on fixing a recently discovered bug that could potentially expose iPhone users’ personal data.
A problem in the Safari browser that allows any website to track your internet activity and even reveal your identity without your permission.
It affects all iOS web browsers for iPhone and iPad, as well as the California tech giant’s Safari 15 on Macs.
The issue was discovered by security experts from FingerprintJS and reported by MacRumours over the weekend.
Based on Apple engineers are currently working on an update to patch the exploit that will be released in the near future.
The update in progress was discovered in a WebKit commit on GitHub, one that helps developers store, manage, track, and control changes to their software.
On GitHub, a WebKit commit indicates that Apple engineers are working on a fix.
The fix is said to not be available to users until Apple releases macOS Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15 updates with an updated version of Safari.
FingerprintJS Experts reported this bug to Apple in November 2021.
The issue may leak your recent internet browsing activity as well as reveal some personal details from your Google account.
It stems from a feature under the bonnet designed to store data in your browser from one place.
The so-called IndexedDB is supposed to follow the same-origin policy, meaning that only the website that generates certain data can access it.
For example, if you open your email account in one tab while the other tab is a crafty website, this feature will prevent bad guys from tampering with your emails.
But the researchers apparently found a flaw that prevented that defense mechanism from fully working.
This can allow hackers to snoop on specific details about your identity.
Experts highlight the danger with services like Google’s, as one login is used across YouTube, email, Google Calendar and more.
“This not only implies that untrusted or malicious websites can learn the user’s identity, but also allows the linking of many separate accounts used by the same user. “, FingerprintJS warns.
They tested the top 1,000 websites to see if they might be affected.
More than 30 websites use indexed databases which means that those who use them are at risk.
What can I do to prevent Safari errors?
Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do until Apple rolls out a fix.
The only real defense is to update your browser or operating system once the issue has been resolved by Apple, the experts said.
Mac users can use an alternative web browser.
But since the problem occurs on all web browsers on iPhone and iPad, you will have to wait.
In the meantime, just be extra vigilant with the sites you use.
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