Mozilla isn’t the only one grappling with a serious web browser security flaw. Microsoft has confirmed to TechCrunch that it will fix an Internet Explorer security exploit already being used for “limited targeted attacks.” The vulnerability lets attackers corrupt memory used for the scripting engine in IE9, IE10 and IE11 in a way that would let the intruder run arbitrary code with the same permissions as the user, letting them hijack a PC. It’s believed to be similar to the Firefox issue disclosed a week earlier.
The issue is significant enough that Homeland Security issued an advisory encouraging people to both be aware of the flaw and consider implementing workarounds, including temporarily restricting access to jscript.dll.
Unlike the Firefox bug, though, you’ll have to wait a while for a patch. Microsoft said it wasn’t likely to provide its fix until its next monthly security release, slated for February 11th. Until then, you’ll either have to consider workarounds or be cautious about clicking links to visit unfamiliar sites.
The risks might not be extremely high given the modern browser market. Microsoft has largely showed Internet Explorer to the side in favor of Edge, which just got a major Chromium-based revamp on January 15th, and you’re statistically more likely to use a third-party browser like Chrome. Nonetheless, it’s a headache — Microsoft’s past is coming back to haunt its present.
iPhone 13 doesn't support long-time 'Phone Noise Cancellation' feature – MobileSyrup
A growing number of iPhone 13 users have complained about the disappearance of the ‘Phone Noise Cancellation’ accessibility feature, which reduced ambient noise on phone calls when users help the receiver to their ear.
9to5Mac reported on the missing feature in December. Up till the iPhone 12, users could find and enable/disable the feature in Settings > Accessibility > Audio/Visual. On the iPhone 13, however, the feature wasn’t listed at all. Initially thought to be a bug, an Apple Support rep has now confirmed that the iPhone 13 models don’t support Phone Noise Cancellation:
“We have an update on this. Phone Noise Cancellation is not available on iPhone 13 models, which is why you do not see this option in Settings.”
The response came from a direct message thread between a 9to5Mac reader and Apple Support on Twitter. The reader told 9to5 that he’d worked with Apple and a senior advisor “for months,” eventually culminating with that message, confirmation that there’s no bug or software issue involved, and directions on how to file feedback about the feature.
It remains unclear why Apple decided to remove the feature. There’s a growing Reddit thread about the problem, but overall I haven’t seen a lot of discussion about it beyond that thread and the 9to5 article. Those who have issued complaints say that the removal of Phone Noise Cancellation has significantly reduced the quality of phone calls.
While I didn’t have an iPhone 13 to check, I do have an iPhone XS running iOS 15.2.1 and it still has Phone Noise Cancellation (as seen in the header photo). For iPhone 13 users, however, the only workaround so far seems to be using Control Center to activate ‘Voice Isolation’ when in a call.
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