iPhone, iPad and Mac owners need to act fast – and install the latest security update
Apple has released a security update to address a critical new vulnerability affecting iPhone, iPad and Mac owners. The flaw is a zero-day vulnerability, which, in a nutshell, is about as bad as it gets.
For those who don’t know, a zero-day vulnerability refers to a flaw in software that is already known to hackers. That means the problem isn’t just academic – instead, every day that goes by without the security solution opens you up to scammers who are using the problem to exploit people around the world.
Zero-day vulnerabilities are a race against time to get as many people as possible to install the patch.
Apple devices affected by the new bug include iPhone 6s or later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 or later, iPad 5th generation or later, and iPad Touch (7th generation). MacBooks, iMac, Mac Pro and Mac mini machines running macOS Big Sur should also be updated to the new update as all of these devices are vulnerable.
“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the California company confirmed in a security briefing published earlier today. The vulnerability, referred to internally by Apple as CVE-2021-30807, is a memory corruption issue.
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However, little else is known about the error. That is quite normal in these situations. Since Apple has confirmed that it is aware of hackers using the memory corruption bug to attack real-world devices, withholding details about the issue is a good tactic to prevent more bad guys from attacking the problem. find out – and take advantage of unpatched gadgets.
We expect to hear more details in the coming months as the update is being installed by approximately one billion iPhone owners worldwide.
To update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS, go to the Settings > General > Software Update. iOS 14.7.1 is the version you need to install to make sure your smartphone is protected from the zero day error. iPad owners need to download iPadOS 14.7.1, while Mac owners need macOS Big Sur 11.5.1.
All three of these new Apple software updates are now available in the UK and worldwide.
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