Apple has released a critical security vulnerability in iPhones, iPads, and Macs that could give attackers complete control over these devices.
Tech giant Apple released two security reports about the issue on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it didn’t get much attention outside of technical publications.
Apple’s description of the vulnerability means that hackers can gain “full administrative access” to the device.
This allows intruders to impersonate the device’s owner and run arbitrary software on its behalf, said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.
Some security experts advise users to update affected devices (iPhone 6S and newer models). Multiple models of iPad, including 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2. and a Mac computer running MacOS Monterey.
This bug also affects some iPod models.
In its report, Apple did not say how, where, or by whom the vulnerability was discovered. An anonymous researcher was cited in all cases.
Commercial spyware companies such as Israel’s NSO Group exploit such vulnerabilities by covertly infecting the smartphones of targeted people.
By siphoning their content, and exploiting them with malware that monitors their targets in real-time. are known to identify and exploit.
But Security researcher Will Strafach says he hasn’t seen a technical analysis of the vulnerabilities Apple just patched.