Apple's Safari 15.6.1 for macOS Big Sur / Catalina is officially released

Apple this week released the official versions of iOS 15.6.1 and macOS Monterey 12.5.1, both with security enhancements. To bring these security enhancements to more users, Apple has released the official Safari 15.6.1 update for Macs running macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina.

 This update does not come with any new features or breaking changes. Instead, it fixes a vulnerability in WebKit (Safari web engine) that could lead to arbitrary code execution. This fix is ​​available for users who have updated their Macs to macOS Monterey 12.5.1.

Here's how Apple describes the update on its website:

  • Available for: macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina
  • Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of reports that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Apple attributes the WebKit exploit fix to an anonymous researcher.

macOS Ventura is now available to developers and beta users, and Apple has announced Safari 16 with several new features. The new version of Safari addresses one of web developers' major complaints about Apple's web browser, the lack of web push notifications. This means that websites and web applications can now send notifications to users even when Safari is closed.

Other new features in Safari 16 include shared tab groups, strong password editing, improved CSS, and passkeys (a new way to authenticate to websites via Touch ID without creating a traditional password).

Once Apple releases macOS Ventura to the public, Safari 16 will also be available to users of macOS Monterey and macOS Big Sur later this year. Developers and invited users can now try out the Safari 16 Beta for older macOS versions.

As for the Safari 15.6.1 update, it's now available through the Software Update menu in the System Preferences app.

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