Apple updates software, warns of flaw affecting third-party keyboard apps

News by Bradley Barth

Apple has warned iOS and iPadOS users of a vulnerability that could grant third-party keyboard extensions full access to their devices without permission

Apple has warned iOS and iPadOS users of a vulnerability that could grant third-party keyboard extensions full access to their devices without permission. The tech giant subsequently released security updates for the two mobile operating systems, as well as for macOS Mojave, iOS, Safari, tvOS and watchOS.

Apple has not yet provided specific details on any of Tuesday’s updates so far, but presumably the release of iOS 13.1 and iPadOS 13.1 addressed the keyboard extension flaw, which affects iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

The company briefly explained the issue on an online support page: "Third-party keyboard extensions in iOS can be designed to run entirely standalone, without access to external services, or they can request ‘full access’ to provide additional features through network access. Apple has discovered a bug in iOS 13 and iPadOS that can result in keyboard extensions being granted full access even if you haven’t approved this access."

This article was originally published on SC Media US.

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