Apple Warned Vulnerability in Operating Systems

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Apple has warned of a flaw that is allowing hackers to seize control of iPhones, Mac computers, and iPads. Apple is directing its users of most of its devices to update their software after the company has discovered a vulnerability in Apple’s operating systems that it says might have been exploited actively.

Apple has urged users to install emergency software updates but has not revealed the extent to which the flaw has been exploited. According to the company, the vulnerability affects the iPhones dating back to iPad 5th generation, 6S model, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and later, and the 7th generation iPod touch.

According to Apple, the vulnerabilities give hackers the ability to take control of the operating system of a device, execute arbitrary code, and potentially infiltrate devices through web content crafted maliciously.

This vulnerability also extends to Mac computers running the Monterey OS from the company, as well as the Safari browser from Apple on its Catalina and Big Sur operating systems. Cybersecurity experts have urged Apple users to update all their devices, with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warning the US government that an attacker can exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an already affected device.

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