Apple Security Alert: iPhone, iPad and Mac Users Urged to Update Now

Apple has warned users of vulnerabilities in its software that would allow hackers to take full control of any attacked device.

The tech giant said it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” but did not specify how many users were affected.

Both bugs exist in WebKit, Apple’s browser engine that powers Safari and apps. A bug could be exploited if the device accessed or processed “maliciously crafted web content”. [that] can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

Apples support page said the second bug means malicious actors “could be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”, which effectively grants full access to the device.

Security experts advise users to update any device that might be affected, including iPhones from 6S onwards, newer iPads, Mac computers using macOS Monteray, and even some iPod models.

Who is most at risk?

This kind of bug has been exploited in the past by state spywareby first intruding into the web browser of the device in order to take control of the entire operating system and gain access to sensitive data.

Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security, tweeted that those most at risk of being hacked are those in the public eye, such as activists or journalists, who could be targets of sophisticated espionage by nation states.

This comes as Apple Inc. is due to launch the new iPhone 14 on September 7.

Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment.

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