Monday saw Apple address a vulnerability that had been discovered in its operating systems by releasing updated security patches. The firm stated in the release that the flaw “may have been actively exploited,” which means that hackers might have taken advantage of the issue to access Apple devices. Although such upgrades are frequent, the business stated that the issue “may have been actively exploited.”
Apple has released new updates to its security software for its macOS Ventura operating system, the most recent iPhone and iPad products, and the Safari web browser. According to the Apple security updates website, security upgrades for the company’s AppleTV and Apple Watch operating systems were also scheduled to be issued on Monday.
However, specifics regarding these patches had not been provided at the time this article was published. Although the vulnerabilities in security can differ depending on the device, WebKit, the open-source browser engine, was a frequent target.
According to Apple spokesperson Scott Radcliffe, the company does not have any additional information to give on the exploits beyond what is included in the update release notes.
The company acknowledged that the flaws were discovered by Xinru Chi of Pangu Lab, Ned Williamson of Google Project Zero, Wenchao Li and Xiaolong Bai of Alibaba Group, and an anonymous researcher. In addition, the company acknowledged the assistance of The Citizen Lab at The University of Toronto’s Munk School.
Patches for security weaknesses that can be exploited on Apple products aren’t uncommon, but users can protect themselves from becoming victims of attacks by ensuring that their devices are always up to date.
In most cases, Apple will not disclose information about a vulnerability until after a fix has been made available to the broader public. In August, the business provided its iPad, iPhone, and macOS users with patches that were just as timely as the previous ones.
At the time of publication, the Citizen Lab had not responded to a request for comment that was sent to them.
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