SAN FRANCISCO >> Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could allow attackers to take full control of these devices.
The company said it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”.
Apple released two security reports on the issue on Wednesday, although they did not receive widespread attention outside of technical publications.
Security experts have advised users to update the affected devices – the iPhones6S and later models; several models of the iPad, including the 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro models, and the iPad Air 2; and Mac computers running macOS Monterey. It also affects some iPod models.
Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means that a hacker can gain “full administrative access to the device,” so they can “run any code as if they were the user,” said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.
Those who should be especially vigilant about updating their software are “people in the public eye,” such as activists or journalists who may be targets of sophisticated espionage by nation-states, Tobac said.