Apple Issues major warning: Update your iPhone now

Written by Henrik Rothen

Sep.22 - 2023 12:49 PM CET

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Just days after the much-anticipated launch of iOS 17, Apple has rolled out an emergency update—iOS 17.0.1.

This update is not just any regular patch; it comes with a critical warning that all iPhone and iPad users should heed. Apple has identified three severe security vulnerabilities that have already been exploited in earlier versions of the iOS operating system.

Apple has been tight-lipped about the specifics of these security flaws, a standard practice to prevent further exploitation. However, some details have emerged.

The first vulnerability, known as CVE-2023-41992, was discovered by Bill Marczak of The Citizen Lab at The University of Toronto's Munk School and Maddie Stone of Google's Threat Analysis Group. This is a kernel-level vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain elevated privileges on the device.

The same researchers also disclosed two additional vulnerabilities—CVE-2023-41991 and CVE-2023-41993. The former involves a certificate validation issue that could enable an attacker to bypass this validation using a malicious app. The latter is a WebKit vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution on the device.

Not just an iPhone Issue

It's worth noting that these vulnerabilities also affect Apple Watch users. An emergency update for watchOS 10.0.1 is also available.

Given the severity and the known exploitation of these vulnerabilities, it's crucial for users to update their devices immediately. To do so, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone to download iOS 17.0.1.

Impacted devices

Devices that are vulnerable to these exploits include iPhone XS and later models, iPad Pro 12.9-inch 2nd generation and onwards, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 11-inch 1st generation and onwards, iPad Air 3rd generation and onwards, iPad 6th generation and onwards, and iPad mini 5th generation and onwards.

Paweł Musiałek, the head of the Jagiellonian Club, emphasized that the relationship between security and device usage has evolved. It's no longer just about user convenience or features; it's about critical security updates that can affect personal and national security.

Don't delay—update your iOS devices now to protect against these critical vulnerabilities.

Read more about the security update from Apple here

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