On Wednesday, August 17th, 2022, Apple released two security reports revealing significant vulnerabilities that give hackers complete access to certain devices, such as iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
We highly recommend you update your devices regularly to ensure the safety of your data and devices, and prioritize your organization’s cybersecurity.
“It’s important that companies have a patch management program to help them when zero days such as these come out,” shares Dan Pritzlaff, Director of Cybersecurity at Edge Networks. “Apple did state that these vulnerabilities were being actively exploited, which makes them higher priority than your typical patch.”
What are the vulnerabilities?
The security reports highlight the two vulnerabilities found: WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari, Mail, App Store, and other apps, and Kernel, which is the core of the device’s operating system. In short, these vulnerabilities give hackers the ability to execute any code and run any software as if they are you – the owner of the device.
Which devices are at risk?
Affected devices include:
- iPhone 6S and later models
- iPad including 5th generation and later
- All iPad Pro models
- iPad Air 2
- Mac computers running macOS Monterey
- Some iPod models (such as iPod Touch 7th Generation)
However, some models not listed may be at risk as well.
Has anyone been affected by the vulnerabilities?
So far, there have been no confirmed reports where these vulnerabilities have been used against people or devices, and Apple has made no additional statements on the issue apart from the initial security reports.
How to Update Your Apple Devices after the August 2022 Security Reports
To update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, go to “Settings”, “General”, “Software Update”, where it should show you the latest version (iOS 15.6.1) to download and install.
To update your Mac computer, go to “System Preferences” then “Software Update” to download and install the latest version (macOS Monterey 12.5.1).
If your Mac is running on an older operating system such as macOS Catalina or Big Sur, your device is not at risk. However, updating your devices regularly are still highly recommended.
Remember to Update Your Software Regularly
To ensure you always have the latest security updates, turn on Automatic Updates in your device’s General Settings. Learn more about how software updates can increase your cybersecurity below.
We highly recommend you update your devices regularly to ensure the safety of your data and devices.
Software updates are just one of the many facets of keeping your company safe from cyber-attacks. To learn more about the health of your business’s cybersecurity, take our free, self-guided IT security risk assessment today, or contact us for a free 30-minute consultation.