Last updated: February 23, 2023, 5:32 PM IST
Apple iPhone and Mac users have a new security vulnerability this week that could allow attackers to break into their systems and steal data. Apple has been tracking several security events in recent months, for which it has released patches through new updates. But the new development comes from security company Trellix, which has published the details about the new security vulnerabilities with iOS and macOS.
The company says the severity of these bugs ranges from medium to high level. And if these issues are not addressed, any malicious app can easily bypass Apple’s security to obtain data about the user, including location data, messages, call history, and more.
Apple received similar warnings from Google in 2021 when more zero-day bugs were discovered and used by spyware firms like the NSO Group to plant the famous Pegasus spyware in iPhones without user consent.
While Apple claims to have patched the loopholes that allowed the spyware to penetrate its security, Trellix says the steps the company has taken may not be enough to thwart future similar attacks. It says that the attackers have improvised their tools that can now bypass the tight restrictions imposed by Apple since the major incident.
But not all is doom and gloom for Apple users, as the company has no evidence that these vulnerabilities have been widely exploited yet. Trellix also says Apple’s iOS 16.3 and macOS 13.2 versions released in January fix the zero-day issues.
But the general feeling in the security circuit suggesting that Apple is facing multiple zero-day issues at regular intervals does not bode well for the platforms.
These vulnerabilities have also been deemed “pretty smart” by the security company and suggest that regular users will have a hard time deciphering issues with their devices. The best way to protect your iPhone or Mac is to update it to the latest versions from Apple and hope that the problem can be fixed right away.
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