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Apple Issues Warning To Update Devices After Security Flaw Discovered That Could Allow Hackers To Control Your iPhone, iPad Or Mac

Security experts have warned that journalists and activists are especially vulnerable to attackers exploiting this bug. - NURPHOTO—GETTY IMAGES

(Fortune) Apple has warned users about vulnerabilities in its software that would allow hackers to take full control of any device it attacks.

The tech giant has said it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”, but did not expand on just how many users had been affected.


Both bugs exist within WebKit, Apple’s browser engine that powers Safari and applications. One bug could be exploited if the device has accessed or processed “maliciously crafted web content [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution.”

Apple’s support page said that the second bug means malicious actors “may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” which effectively grants full access to the device.

Security experts are advising users to update any device that could be affected including iPhones from 6S and above, newer iPads, Mac computers using MacOS Monteray, and even some iPod models.

Who is most at risk?

This kind of bug has been exploited in the past by nation-state spyware, first breaking into the device’s web browser in order to gain control of the whole operating system and accessing sensitive data.

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