APPLE has warned that hackers could break into people’s iPhones via a vulnerability in iOS.
The US tech titan said Monday it was aware of reports that crooks were “actively exploiting” the flaw in its iOS operating system.
Apple released an emergency iPhone update to fix the critical bug among other vulnerabilities.
It started this week with the launch of the patched version of iOS to protect people from potential cyber attacks.
In total, 11 major security fixes were released with the iOS 15.7 update alarm on the Apple website.
One of these, tracked as CVE-2022-32917, can be used to allow malicious apps to take control of a victim’s device.
According to Apple, the bug could allow an app to run “arbitrary code,” a technique used by hackers to perform shady tasks on a phone.
“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the company said.
The company said it fixed the bug and released updates for iPhone 6 and later and a range of iPad models.
Mac users have also been advised to update their devices as macOS Monterey 12.6 and macOS Big Sur 11.7 have also been patched.
The software can apparently be exploited with the same vulnerability, leaving Macbooks and Mac PCs unprotected.
Most iPhone vulnerabilities are discovered by outside experts and anonymous researchers.
The reason Apple routinely lists so many is that they are kept top secret until a solution is found.
This prevents cybercriminals from exploiting them if Apple releases an update before the vulnerability becomes more widely known.
“To protect our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has been conducted and patches or releases are available,” Apple said.
The update should roll out automatically for iPhone owners, but you can force it to download and install right away.
You can do that by going to settingsfollowed by Aroundthen software update.
However, what makes it particularly unusual is that it was released on the same day as iOS 16.
This is the latest major update of the iPhone operating system, which brings a redesign of the lock screen and several new features.
The software bump rolled out to iPhones around the world on Monday. It’s extremely rare for Apple to release two in one day.
This probably means that the security issues fixed with iOS 15.7 must be pretty serious and need to be fixed immediately.
It is believed that these issues will also be fixed if you install iOS 16, which you can download by following the instructions above.
Can I get iOS 16?
Millions of iPhone owners will be able to install the latest updates – but not all.
If you’re using a very old model, you might get cut off from iOS updates.
This poses a significant risk of hacking, so it’s worth considering an upgrade as soon as possible.
For example, when the iOS 16 update lands in September, Apple’s 1st generation iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 and iPhone SE will be cut off.
These phones were compatible with the latest iOS 15.6.1 but will not get iOS 16.
If you’re using older iPhones, you’re already cut off, so consider upgrading to a newer model right away.
Here is the full list of devices supported by iOS 16:
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iphone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
Any iPhones not on this list will not get iOS 16.
If you’re using an older iPhone, you simply need to upgrade your handset to a newer device to access iOS 16.
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