Posted BY: RM | NwoReport
Apple rolled out a new iOS 16 update this week to patch vulnerabilities in its system – and the flaws are now on the Homeland Security warning list.
The government group released a statement urging users to update to iOS 16.3.1, as attackers can ‘exploit these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected device.’
The update is for all Apple devices – the iPhone, Mac, and iPad.
One of the issues is in Webkit, a Safari browser engine that allowed bad actors to execute an arbitrary code on an iPhone and Homeland Security believes it may be exploited.
The second security flaw in Kernel could allow an attacker to take over privileges, but the tech giant is unaware this has been used.
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Apple rolled out the update on Monday, noting it patches the issues, noting there are reports of the flaw in Webkit being exploited.
The flaw found in Webkit was detected by an anonymous researcher and the one if Kernel was spotted by Xinru Chi of Pangu Lab and Ned Williamson of Google Project Zero.
Apple also notes that The Citizen Lab at The University of Toronto’s Munk School also assisted with finding these security issues.
It is unclear how long the vulnerabilities have been plaguing devices, as Apple says it ‘doesn’t disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available.’
Apple’s release notes show that the iOS 16.3.1 update also includes multiple bug fixes, addressing issues with iCloud and Siri, along with more Crash Detection optimizations.
The initial release of iOS 16.3 was in June, which allows users to call silently with Emergency SOS and provides improved two-factor security and advanced data protection.
Apple’s Emergency SOS service was upgraded to call silently make calls if you enable the function via a slider option (useful in situations where an attacker might be present).
It is an option you enable so that when you make an SOS call via the Emergency SOS service, the phone will not flash or make a countdown.