Apple Releases Security Updates for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that the company says is being used to hack people.
The technology company released a new update, iOS and iPadOS 17.1.2 and macOS 14.1.2 after security researchers discovered the vulnerability from Google’s Security Analysis Group, which analyzes government-sponsored cyber attacks.
In an update released on Thursday, Apple fixed two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps. These vulnerabilities allow hackers to plant malicious code, such as spyware, on people’s devices and the Internet. This vulnerability is called a “zero day” because the vendor does not have time to activate the vulnerability.
Apple is aware of reports of exploitable vulnerabilities in iOS versions before iOS 16.7.1, Apple said in an iPhone software security advisory released on October 11.
Apple released an update to Safari 17.1.2 for users of older versions of macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura, the company said.
It is not known who is using these free new opportunities. Google hasn’t commented on crime prevention or the government. Apple and Google did not provide further details about the vulnerability.
Last week, Google discovered a zero-day vulnerability in Google Chrome, as the search engine giant said it knows that a workaround for the vulnerability is “in the wild.” Maddie Stone X, a Google security researcher, said on Twitter earlier that the Chrome bug had been fixed in four days. Apple corrected Google’s comments within a week.