Apple warns of security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs

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

Apple released two safety reports on the matter Wednesday, though they haven’t received much attention outside of technical publications.

Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means that a hacker could gain “full administrator access” to the device. This would allow intruders to impersonate the owner of the device and then run any software on their behalf, said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.

Security experts advised users to update affected devices as soon as possible: iPhone6S and later models; multiple iPad models, including 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 models; and Mac computers with macOS Monterey.

The defect also affects some iPod models.

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Apple did not specify in the reports how, where and by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In any case, he cited an anonymous researcher.

Commercial spyware companies such as the Israeli NSO group are known to identify and exploit these flaws, exploiting them in malware that stealthily infects target smartphones, steals their contents, and monitors targets in real time.

The NSO group has been blacklisted by the United States Department of Commerce. Its spyware is known to have been used in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America against journalists, dissidents and human rights activists.

Security researcher Will Strafach said he hasn’t seen any technical vulnerability scans that Apple just patched.

The company previously acknowledged similarly serious flaws and, on what Strafach estimated to be perhaps a dozen occasions, noted that it was aware of reports that such security holes had been exploited.

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