Apple Warns of iPhone, iPad and Mac Security Flaws :: WRAL.com

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— Apple has disclosed serious iPhone, iPad, and Mac security vulnerabilities that could potentially allow attackers to gain complete control over these devices.

Apple released two reports on the security issue on Wednesday, though they haven’t received much attention outside of tech publications.

Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means that a hacker could gain “full administrator access” to the device. This would allow attackers to impersonate the owner of the device and then run any software on their behalf, said Rachel Toback, CEO of SocialProof Security.

Security experts have advised users to update their affected devices — iPhone6S and later models; multiple iPad models, including 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro models, and iPad Air 2; and Mac computers running MacOS Monterey. The flaw also affects some iPod models.

Apple did not report how, where, or by whom the vulnerabilities were discovered. In all cases, he cited an anonymous researcher.

Commercial spyware companies, such as Israel’s NSO Group, are known for discovering and exploiting such flaws, using them in malware that secretly infects targets’ smartphones, siphons their contents, and monitors targets in real-time.

NSO Group was blacklisted by the US Department of Commerce. Its spyware is known to have been used in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America against journalists, dissidents and human rights activists.

Security researcher Will Strafach said he had not seen a technical analysis of the vulnerabilities that Apple had just patched. The company has previously acknowledged similarly serious flaws, and in what Strafach estimates may be a dozen cases, said it was aware of reports of exploits of such security gaps.

Apple Warns of iPhone, iPad and Mac Security Flaws :: WRAL.com

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