Apple users have been asked to update their iPhones and other devices after the tech giant confirmed its discovery of a critical security flaw.
The tech giant publishes software updates for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac computers to fix newly discovered software issues, and the updates “provide critical security updates and are available to all users. Recommended for ,” it tells users.
The flaw could give hackers complete control over the affected device, cybersecurity experts said, adding that Apple said the issue “may have been actively exploited. We are aware of reports that
But industry experts are urging Apple users to “keep calm” on the issue.
So far, there have been no confirmed reports of specific cases of security flaws being used against people or devices.
Apple’s public disclosure of the issue says it was reported by an anonymous researcher.
iPhone 6s and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
Mac users running macOS Monterey are also encouraged to update.
Cybersecurity experts are urging the public to update their devices as soon as possible to protect themselves from this vulnerability, but urge people not to panic.
Comparitech Security Specialist Brian Higgins said:
“If you think Apple is serious enough to need to go public, then if you haven’t installed iOS 15.6.1 yet, you should go and do it now.”
Cybereason Chief Security Officer Sam Curry said:
“This vulnerability could give an attacker complete control of the device, but could allow them to remain calm and take control of the device and download available software updates from Apple.
“Do that and move on. In rare cases, we’ll find out how the attacker exploited the current vulnerability. Overall, if you think you’re infected, follow Apple’s instructions.” For more information, consult your work, school, or other IT department, if necessary.
“With billions of Apple devices in use around the world, security is not a luxury for Apple.It is a responsibility that Apple takes seriously.
“Failure is fine because nobody is perfect. is needed.”