Apple has released an update to fix security flaws on its iPhone, iPad and Mac devices, which hackers may have “actively exploited.” The tech company said the new software “provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.”
The flaw could allow hackers to take complete control of affected devices, industry experts interviewed by the BBC suggested.
The update has been made available for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, and 5th generation iPad and later. It is also available for iPad mini 4 and later and iPod touch (7th generation). Mac users running macOS Monterey are also encouraged to upgrade.
Apple said the hackers used the flaw to infiltrate WebKit, the engine that powers Apple’s Safari web browser. The tech company said the weakness could be exploited by hackers if the user were to access “malicious web content.”
So far there have been no confirmed reports of specific cases where the security flaw was used against people or devices.
Software updates are a daily (and sometimes irritating) part of our modern tech life, but this – says BBC journalist Joe Tidy – is an update not to be ignored. The world of cybersecurity is rightfully concerned about the potential power hackers could wield if they target a device that is vulnerable to this attack.
So it makes sense to check the settings on your Apple equipment and install the patch or, even better, turn on automatic updates.
For the vast majority of users there is nothing to worry about as there is no suggestion that hackers have used the security loophole to launch mass attacks against the general public.
It should also be said – Tidy points out – that the protest on social media for the security update is perhaps exaggerated. Apple has released similar emergency security updates throughout the year, the latest in March, without too much fuss or panic.
According to its security update page: “Apple does not disclose, discuss or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and no patches or versions are available.”
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