iPhone vulnerability – what you need to know

An iPhone security flaw that could give someone complete control over your phone has been discovered, and Apple is warning users to update their iPhones and iPads now.

Here’s what you need to know.

What is this error?

It’s actually a bug or vulnerability in the core system (the “kernel”) that runs iPhones, iPads, and Macs. It can let someone who knows what they are doing into the device to take control of it.

How bad has it been so far?

Apple says it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” That means it might not have infiltrated many devices, but it has proven itself as a hacker. SocialProof security expert Rachel Tobac has described that it grants “full administrative access” to the iPhone, iPad or Mac, resulting in the ability to “run any code as if you were the user”.

Who does it concern?

Anyone with an iPhone purchased in the last five or six years, starting with the iPhone 6S. It also affects the latest iPads and all Mac computers running MacOS Monterey. It even affects some iPods.

What is the probability that I will become a victim of this vulnerability?

Probably pretty low. This type of flaw is typically exploited by organizations that sell sophisticated spy tools to nation states. Previous bugs have been linked to hacks on journalists, politicians, and other high-profile figures.

How did that come to light?

Apple was made aware of this by unnamed security researchers.

Aren’t iPhones safe?

Yes. but these defects are unfortunately becoming increasingly rare. This isn’t the first potential vulnerability that Apple has had to “patch” in the current version of iOS.

What did Apple say about this?

It has asked everyone to update their iPhones. “An application may be able to run arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” the bug said. “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”

What should I do now?

If you have an iPhone or iPad, go to Settings, then General, then Software Update. There you will see a new update waiting to be installed. Do this. On a Mac or MacBook, go to System Preferences, then Software Update.

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