Users of Apple’s MacOS Ventura, iPhone, iPad devices advised to ‘immediately’ update software to stave off hackers


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SINGAPORE — Apple laptop, phone and iPad users are advised to perform critical updates to address two vulnerabilities in these products that could result in issues such as remote hackings, said the Singapore Computer Emergency Response Team (SingCert) in an advisory on Friday (Nov 11).

In October, the agency issued a similar warning regarding a “zero-day vulnerability” in some iPhone and iPad models.

SingCert, in its latest advisory, said that the exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to perform arbitrary code execution on affected products.

Users of the following products are advised to update to the latest versions immediately: 

  • macOS Ventura 13.0.1: For macOS Ventura
  • iOS 16.1.1: For iPhone 8 and later
  • iPadOS 16.1.1: For iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later

They are also advised to enable automatic software updates, which can be done on the Apple interface by going to Settings > General > Software Updates > Enable Automatic Updates, said SingCert. 

According to technology news website Bleeping Computer, the “zero-day vulnerability” is a bug that was reported to Apple by an anonymous researcher and has been used in attacks on Apple users since the start of this year.