Apple Users Beware! Government Issues Urgent Advisory for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Devices

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Apple Users Beware! Government Issues Urgent Advisory for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS Devices

In a significant development, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has issued a ‘high’ severity rating advisory for users of Apple’s iOS, iPad, and macOS.

The advisory, coming under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, has pinpointed multiple vulnerabilities in Apple products that could pose serious security threats.

These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow attackers to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information and execute arbitrary code.

CERT-In has highlighted potential risks, including the ability for bad actors to bypass security restrictions, cause denial of service (DoS) conditions, bypass authentication, gain elevated privileges, and perform spoofing attacks on targeted systems.

Affected software versions include iOS versions prior to 17.2 (and 16.7.3), iPadOS versions prior to 17.2 (and 16.7.3), macOS Sonoma versions prior to 14.2, macOS Ventura versions prior to 13.6.3, macOS Monterey versions prior to 12.7.2, tvOS versions prior to 17.2, watchOS versions prior to 10.2, and Safari versions prior to 17.2.

In simpler terms, these vulnerabilities could potentially lead to the theft of sensitive personal and financial information and enable the execution of malicious scripts, ultimately taking control of the affected device. The advisory emphasizes the importance of promptly updating to the latest software build to mitigate these threats.

Users are urged to apply the latest security updates as an additional measure to patch the highlighted vulnerabilities. It is crucial to exercise caution when accessing files and links from unknown sources.

Furthermore, users are advised to assess the strength of their passwords and enable two-factor authentication for added account security.

This advisory aligns with recent warnings from the national nodal agency regarding threats in software for Samsung smartphone users. Stay informed, stay secure.

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