Major security vulnerabilities “actively exploited” within iPhones, iPads and Macs have been disclosed by Apple
Experts recommend the following models affected by the vulnerability to be updated by consumers:
- Mac computers running MacOS Monterey;
- iPhone 6S and later models;
- several iPad models, including the 5th generation and later;
- all iPad Pro models;
- iPad Air 2.
Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security, said that successful access by hackers can lead to execution of “any code as if they are you, the user”, going on to state that users who are in the public eye — such as journalists or activists — should be particularly attentive to updates.
According to experts, three operating system updates — iPad and iOS 15.6.1, and macOS 12.5.1 — are reported to fix this issue.
While Apple stated in its release that iOS 15.6.1 “provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” security researcher Will Strafach said he is yet to see technical analysis of the vulnerabilities patched.
The amount of users affected by the security flaw is, as of now, unknown, but with endpoints — widely distributed as a result of remote and hybrid working — being increasingly targeted, organisations must stay vigilant when it comes to keeping hardware updated with the latest patches.
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