Apples iOS Vulnerability Fixes: It has been proven that a zero-day security vulnerability Apple says was actively exploited was corrected in an iPhone software update published by the company two weeks ago.
As of the 30th of November, all compatible iPhones (iPhone 8 and later) received iOS 16.1.2, which included “critical security improvements.” Apple disclosed the update on Tuesday, noting that it patched a vulnerability in WebKit, the browser engine used by Safari and other apps.
If this vulnerability were exploited, malicious code might be executed on the user’s device. A zero-day flaw is so named because the affected vendor has no time to issue a patch before it becomes widely known.
Apple discovered and disclosed the WebKit vulnerability through Google’s Threat Analysis Group, which analyses malware, hacking, and cyberattacks supported by nation-states. Here’s a look at Apples iOS Vulnerability Fixes.
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WebKit vulnerabilities are frequently exploited when a user navigates to a rogue domain (via the in-app browser). It’s not unusual for hackers to uncover security holes in WebKit and utilize them to gain access to the user’s PC and sensitive data. Flaws in WebKit can be “chained” together to bypass a device’s defenses.
Apple disclosed the flaw on Tuesday, saying it was exploited “against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1,” which was released in October 2021. So, Apple patched the WebKit flaw in iOS and iPadOS 15.7.2 for users using iPhone 6s and later and some iPad devices that have not yet updated to iOS 16.
WebKit 247562 is the unique identifier for this vulnerability. It’s unclear why Apple waited two weeks to disclose the flaw. When reached for comment, neither Apple nor Google responded. Here’s a look at Apples iOS Vulnerability Fixes.
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