watchOS 5.3.2 closes security hole in Apple Watch Series 4


Apple Watch Series 4
Your Apple Watch Series 4 can stay secure even without watchOS 6.
Photo: Apple

A security patch debuted today just for Apple Watch Series 4. watchOS 5.3.2 fixes a flaw in the software that hackers might exploit.

This same patch for earlier Apple wearables was introduced two weeks ago.

watchOS 5.3.2 stomps a single Apple Watch bug

This small update removes a vulnerability from the wearable in which “a remote attacker may be able to cause unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution,” according to Apple’s support website.

Versions of watchOS 5.3.2 were introduced last month for Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2. This was later followed with ones for Series 3 and, today, there’s one for Series 4, according to 9to5mac.

watchOS 6 launched last month, and it can be installed on Apple Watch Series 3 and newer. In addition to plenty of new features, it also patches the relevant security hole. However, it requires an iPhone running iOS 13 for installation. Those who are still running iOS 12.x can’t upgrade their wearable to version 6, but can put watchOS 5.3.2 on their wrist computer.

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