Apple admits critical bugs in iPhones and Macs — Analysis

The tech giant has acknowledged that security flaws may have been “actively exploited” by hackers

Apple has reported major security loopholes in some iPhones, iPads and Macs which could allow malicious actors to hijack users’ devices. The firm issued two security reports on Wednesday describing the vulnerabilities patched by its latest software updates, and admitting it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” 

Anonymity was credited by the tech company to an “anonymous researcher”It was a great help in identifying the flaws but provided few details. Only that it was due to “an out-of-bounds write issue”Both in iOS and MacOS, malicious applications would be “able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” before latest patches.

Apple didn’t reveal the number of customers affected by this exploit and stated that it would keep similar secrets. “disclose, discuss, or confirm”Any future security concerns “until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available.”

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The vulnerability affected multiple iPad models – including all iPad Pro devices – iPhones 6S and later, as well as Mac computers using MacOS Monterey, an operating system released last year. Hackers could be able to exploit the bug. “full admin access”Allow them to communicate with the devices “execute any code as if they are you, the user,” cybersecurity expert Rachel Tobac told the Associated Press, explaining Apple’s technical documents.

Apple’s Wednesday security issues are not the first. The company regularly alerts users to update their devices and issue patches. The private Israeli intelligence company NSO Group has been accused recently of hacking its phones, often with the approval of foreign governments.

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