Government issues high security warning for Apple iPhone, MacBook, and iPad users

The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team or CERT-In has issued a high severity warning for users of Apple products in India. The agency has found multiple vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to access information on a user’s device.
Government issues high security warning for Apple iPhone, MacBook, and iPad users
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CERT-In or the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has issued a warning for Apple products. The agency has given a ‘high’ severity rating to the issue. The government body has found “remote code execution vulnerability” in Apple products, which can leave a device vulnerable to exploitation by a hacker, who could remotely gain access on a device and execute “arbitrary code on the targeted system”.

As per CERT-In warning, the vulnerability affects iPhone and iPad users whose devices are on iOS and iPadOS versions prior to 17.4.1. This version is available for all iPhones after iPhone XS, iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd generation and later, all versions after iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch 1st generation and later, iPad Air gen 3 and later, iPad gen 6 and later, and iPad mini version after gen 5.

In addition to that, the remote code execution vulnerability also affects Apple Safari versions prior to 17.4.1, which is available for macOS Monterey and macOS Ventura. The issue also affects MacBook users on macOS Venture versions prior to 13.6.6, and macOS Sonoma versions prior to 14.4.1.

Apart from the iPhone, iPad and MacBook, there is also a warning for Vision Pro headset users, due to a vulnerability in the VisionOS versions before 1.1.1.

How to protect your Apple devices from such a vulnerability

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Government issues high security warning for Apple iPhone, MacBook, and iPad users

Exercise caution when downloading apps or software, sticking to trusted sources like the Apple App Store to avoid potential threats. Regularly back up your important data to protect against data loss due to security breaches or system failures. Stay informed about security alerts and advisories from reputable sources such as CERT-In or Apple to take proactive measures against emerging threats and ensure the ongoing security of your devices.

Source: India Today

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