Apple users are urged to increase their phone security with a new update to fix a bug being exploited by hackers.
The tech giant issued the security alert this week, recommending all iPhone users to enable the software update to protect against cyber attacks.
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In its latest security advisory, Apple identified 11 bugs that had been fixed in the iOS 15.7 update.
One of these, listed as CVE-2022-32911, could be used by hackers to allow malicious apps to take control of the user’s phone.
Apple warned that the bug could “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” meaning the attacker could upload malicious code to the device and trick the system into using it.
“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may be being actively exploited,” the security alert said.
Another bug tracked as CVE-2022-32911 has also been identified with the ability to be manipulated to use rogue code.
Other vulnerabilities included the potential for exploiting apps to bypass privacy settings and read sensitive location information, and a website’s ability to track users via Safari web extensions.
Apple released the patch Monday for iPhone 6 and later models and iPads including Air 2 and later, 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
“To protect our customers, Apple does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has taken place and patches or releases are available,” it said.
The update should download automatically, but those who have yet to implement the security changes can do so immediately by going to their general settings and then the Software update tab.
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