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