The tech giant has acknowledged that security flaws may have been “actively exploited” by hackers
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Apple has reported major security loopholes in some iPhones, iPads and Macs which could allow malicious actors to hijack users’ devices. The firm issued two security reports on Wednesday describing the vulnerabilities patched by its latest software updates, and admitting it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”
The tech giant credited the work of an “anonymous researcher” in discovering the flaws, but shared few details about the vulnerabilities. It only said that due to “an out-of-bounds write issue” both in iOS and MacOS, a malicious application would be “able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” before latest patches.
Apple did not reveal how many customers may have been affected by the exploit, and said it would maintain similar secrecy and not “disclose, discuss, or confirm” any future security issues, “until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available.”