Updating time capsule firmware
The news followed a year after reports Apple had broken up its Air Port devision, shuffling employees to other areas and projects in an apparent sign the product line was close to ending.
In January 2018, Apple started to sell the Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi System online and in store, an apparent break in Apple's policy to only sell its own routers, and the first third-party router to be sold in its retail outlets.
Apple's Air Port Base Station Firmware Update 7.9.1 includes fixes for eight identified bugs impacting Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule base station hardware with 802.11ac connectivity.
Among the resolved security issues is a bug that allowed a remote attacker to leak memory through an errant out-of-bounds read capability.
The Air Port was previously updated to version 7.6.9 in December 2017.
Air Port and Time Capsule users can update by using Air Port Utility in mac OS.
The problems were resolved through improved input validation and memory handling.
A null pointer dereference and a "use after free" issue were cited in a remote attack that could enabled a hacker to run code on a targeted device, while a separate issue allowed source-routed IPv4 packets to be unexpectedly accepted.
After disbanding the Air Port, Apple started selling Linksys Velop Mesh Wi Fi System on its store.The tool will automatically scan for an update and it will be installed upon approval.Apple decided to discontinue the Air Port Wi Fi router in April last year.The update was issued on Thursday afternoon, with Apple saying that it "improves the security of your base station and is recommended for all Apple 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations including Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule." As of yet, details of what has been rectified are not available.The last security-centric Air Port update prior to Thursday's 7.8.1 for this model was version 7.7.9 in December 2017.