Apple releases macOS Big Sur and Catalina security updates — grab em now

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Macos Big Sur Preview California Wallpaper Hero (Image credit: Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • Apple has released two new security updates for older versions of macOS.
  • macOS Big Sur 11.6.4 is now available for download.
  • macOS Catalina users can now download Security Update 2022-002.

Apple has released new security updates for macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, although it hasn't gone into details about which security issues they address.

The updates include macOS Big Sur 11.6.4 and macOS Catalina Security Update 2022-002. Both updates are listed on the Apple security updates webpage but details are sadly lacking. The only information Apple is offering is that there is no information to be had. "This update has no published CVE entries" is the only text available.

macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina (Image credit: iMore)

Those who are still running macOS Big Sur or macOS Catalina can download the new security updates via the System Preferences app and I would suggest everyone does exactly that and without delay. Security updates are always worth installing as soon as possible, no matter which version of macOS you happen to be running.

While many people will already be updated to macOS Monterey a large number will be hanging on to older versions of the Mac's operating system for various reasons. Those reasons could be compatibility with apps or features, for example, and it's why Apple continues to release security updates for older versions of macOS.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.