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Whats New in iOS 6.1: Some Features, Lots of Security

29 January 2013 6,999 views No Comment

You could be forgiven for concluding that the business end of iOS 6.1 is really the security content.

Yes, Apple’s iOS 6.1 Update delivers more LTE carrier support in more places, the ability to purchase movie tickets (Fandango) using Siri and individual song downloads via iTunes Match and iCloud, but that’s just the shiny front end.

Among the new features not afforded a bullet point by Apple are new lock screen music controls, which are cleaner, a nice user interface touch that makes using this functionality easier.

You could, however, be forgiven for concluding that the business end of iOS 6.1 is really the security content, which is extensive and includes patches for a range of vulnerabilities. Notable among these is a fix for the so-called “Smart App Banner” bug, which re-enable JavaScript without user permission:

Description: If a user disabled JavaScript in Safari Preferences, visiting a site which displayed a Smart App Banner would re-enable JavaScript without warning the user. This issue was addressed by not enabling JavaScript when visiting a site with a Smart App Banner.

Additionally, Apple has patched a memory corruption issue in WebKit (Safari) that could lead to arbitrary code execution, which could net an attacker control of your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad — scary stuff.

Lastly, iOS 6.1 was just one of the updates Apple released yesterday — also look into iPhone Configuration Utility 3.6.2 for Windows, Xcode 4.6 and Apple TV 5.2.

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