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Urgent IOS update is requested by Apple

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Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali Altaf
Mehr Ali is a young bilingual journalist from Afghanistan working for the English language version of Khaama Press online. His main responsibility include researching and writing news reports for the sports, tech and entertainment sections.

Apple’s announcement of a major vulnerability in the iPhone, and an urgent update to fix it.

Users of iPhones, iPads and Macs have been urged to install the fix as soon as they can, to ensure they are not targeted by a hack that appears already to have been used on some people.

The US company said it is ‘aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited’ and released two security reports about the issue on Wednesday, but they have only now received more widespread attention.

Security experts told users to update affected devices – the iPhone 6S and later models; and several models of the iPad, including the 5th generation and later, all iPad Pros, the iPad Mini 4 and later and the iPad Air 2 and later.

The update, iOS 15.6.1, also applies to the iPod Touch 7th generation. In addition, Mac computers on MacOS Monterey are affected – with users urged to download ‘12.5.1’. The issues were found by an anonymous researcher in ‘WebKit’, the browser engine that powers Safari; and ‘Kernel’, which is the core of the operating system.

Key details: What is the Apple update and what devices are affected?

What is the update to?

  • iOS 15.6.1
  • iPadOS 15.6.1

What devices are affected?

  • iPhone (6s and later)
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air (2 and later)
  • iPad (5th generation and later)
  • iPad Mini (4 and later)
  • iPod Touch (7th generation)
  • Mac computers (on MacOS Monterey, 12.5.1)

Where were the issues found?

  • WebKit (browser engine that powers Safari)
  • Kernel (core of the operating system)

What were the vulnerabilities called?

  • WebKit – ‘CVE-2022-32893’
  • Kernel – ‘CVE-2022-32894’

There have so far been no confirmed reports of specific cases where the security flaw had been used against people or devices, and Apple has made no statement on the issue further to an update on its website.

In this note on its support page, Apple said one flaw means a malicious application ‘may be able to execute arbitrary code with Kernel privileges’ – which has been described as meaning full access to the device.

Andy Norton, chief cyber risk officer at Armis, told MailOnline: ‘This clearly has wide-reaching implications. Apple products have become a mainstay of everyday life, facial recognition, banking apps, health data. Pretty much everything we hold dear resides on our Apple products. Historically, many people have not updated their Apple products for fear of shortening the lifespan of their devices. That behaviour now must change.’

The update can be obtained by going to the ‘Settings’ section of a device, and choosing ‘Software Update’. 

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