Apple releases software update after discovery of major security flaw

Apple has warned of serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take full control of these devices.

On Wednesday, the tech giant released surprise software updates for iPhone, iPad and Mac that patch two critical security flaws known by Apple to be “actively exploited” by attackers.

In an accompanying security report, Apple confirmed that the two vulnerabilities were found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps, and the kernel, essentially the heart of the operating system.

Apple says the WebKit bug could be exploited if a vulnerable device accesses or processes “maliciously crafted web content”, which “may lead to the execution of arbitrary code”.

While the second bug allowed a malicious application to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”, which means full access to the device.

The two flaws are believed to be related and affect both iOS and iPadOS and macOS Monterey.

Users were urged to immediately update their devices to the new iOS 15.6.1 software. Affected devices include iPhones 6S and later, several iPad models (including fifth generation and later), all iPad Pro models as well as iPad Air 2 and Mac computers running macOS Monterey . This also affects some iPod models.

The update, iOS 15.6.1, also applies to the 7th generation iPod Touch. Additionally, Mac computers running macOS Monterey are affected and users are encouraged to download version 12.5.1.

So far, there have been no confirmed reports of specific instances where the security flaw has been used against people or devices, and Apple has made no official statement on the matter following an update. on its website.

The update can be obtained by going to the “Settings” section of a device and choosing the “Software update” option. iOS update is not required for older operating systems like macOS Catalina and Big Sur.

The security warning to Apple users comes ahead of the traditional September launch of the latest iPhone – which this year is expected to be called the iPhone 14.

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