Apple is urging users of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, to update their devices immediately, saying that a security flaw could allow hackers to take control of their devices.
The tech giant warned Wednesday that Mac computers could be breached by “maliciously crafted web content” and said it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been “actively exploited.”
Apple released software updates for iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1 that it says fix the vulnerabilities and warned users to download them as soon as possible.
Here are five things to know.
Apple’s report didn’t get wide attention initially
Apple released two security reports about the issue on Wednesday, but they didn’t get wide attention outside of tech publications, CBSNews reported.
The company did not say who discovered the vulnerability or how, citing only an “anonymous researcher.”
Hackers can impersonate the device owner
Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means a hacker could get “full admin access” to the device so that anyone can “execute any code as if they are you, the user,” said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security, a computer security service in San Francisco. That would allow intruders to impersonate the device’s owner and run any software in their name, Tobac told the Guardian.
These Apple devices may be affected
Apple security advises users to update iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
Whose Apple devices may be most at risk
Activists or journalists “who might be the targets of sophisticated nation-state spying” should be the most concerned about the flaw, according to Tobac, who runs a computer security service in San Francisco.