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Apple security flaw could give hackers control of iPhones, iPads and Macs – what you need to know and how to fix it


Apple has warned of serious security flaws in iPhones, iPads and Macs that could allow hackers to take full control of the devices and could have been “actively exploited,” urging customers to Tech giants that pride themselves on their security measures have made a rare admission to update their devices as soon as possible.

Apple discloses new vulnerabilities that may Allows hackers to exploit on the device.


Key Facts

Update has been applied to affected devices, Includes iPhone 6s and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, iPod touch 7th generation, and Macs running macOS Monterey computer.

Security experts have urged affected users to quickly update their software to fix the vulnerability and protect their devices.

To update the software on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch (iOS 15.6.1 or iPadOS 15.6.1), go to Settings, tap General, then Software Update and Download and install”.

To update a Mac running macOS Monterey, go to System Preferences, then Software Update and click Update Now or Upgrade Now.

Apple did not disclose how many people were affected by the vulnerabilities, but said it was aware of credible reports of both being “actively exploited.”

Things we don’t know

How the vulnerability was discovered. Apple has provided few details on how or who discovered the flaws, thanks to anonymous researchers. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of these exploits being used to attack users or their devices. In its security report, Apple said it will not disclose, discuss or confirm any security issues until it investigates and provides a patch.

Key Background

Vulnerabilities discovered before the producer (Apple in this case) are called zero-days, referring to the creation of The user has a zero-day warning to deal with this fact. These flaws can be so valuable that both hackers and vendors will pay large sums of money to acquire them. While serious vulnerabilities have been exploited to spy on users via smartphones — Israeli firm NSO Group has allegedly attacked prominent journalists and world leaders — they have generally targeted prominent individuals rather than the general public.

Further reading

Apple releases iOS, iPadOS and macOS security fixes for two zero-days under active attack (TechCrunch)

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