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Apple urges iPhone, iPad and Mac users to update software due to security flaw

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By Rishi Iyengar, UKTN Business

Apple is directing users of most of its devices to update their software after the company discovered a vulnerability in its operating systems that it says has been “actively exploited”.

In security updates posted online Wednesday and Thursday, Apple said the vulnerability affects iPhones dating back to the 6S model, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, all iPad Pro models. models and the 7th generation iPod.

Apple said the vulnerabilities allow hackers to take over a device’s operating system to “run arbitrary code” and potentially infiltrate devices via “maliciously crafted web content.”

The vulnerability also extends to Mac computers running the company’s Monterey operating system and Apple’s Safari browser on the Big Sur and Catalina operating systems, the company said in a subsequent update.

Cybersecurity Experts insisted Apple users should update their devices, with the US government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warning that “an attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device.”

The agency said affected users should “apply necessary updates as soon as possible”.

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