Apple warns of security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs

Apple warns of security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs

Apple’s explanation of the security vulnerability means that a hacker could gain “full administrative access” to iPhones, iPads and Macs. Security experts advise users to update affected devices

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

Apple released two security reports on the issue on Wednesday, though they didn’t get much attention outside of tech publications.

Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means that a hacker could gain “full administrative 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.

Update affected devices

Security experts advised users to update the affected devices — iPhone6S and later models; several iPad models, including 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 models; and Mac computers running macOS Monterey. The error also affects some iPod models.

Apple did not say in the news how, where or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In all cases, she cited an anonymous researcher.

Spyware companies could take advantage of this

Commercial spyware companies such as Israel’s NSO Group are known for identifying and exploiting such bugs, using them in malware that secretly infects targets’ smartphones, siphons their contents and tracks targets in real time.

The NSO Group has been blacklisted by the US 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 had not seen any technical analysis of the vulnerabilities Apple had just patched. The company has previously acknowledged similarly serious flaws and, Strafach estimates, about a dozen cases, noting that it was aware of reports that such security holes had been exploited.

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