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‘Actively exploited’: Apple users urged to update now

Lucy Dean
·1-min read
Bangkok, Thailand - JUN 18, 2018: social medial app iPhone mobile phone with blue screen background technology business smartphone digital communication facebook and internet editorial
Image: Getty.

Millions of Apple users have been urged to install the latest iOS software after the tech giant discovered a security issue on the devices.

Apple released the latest iOS 14.4.2 and iPadOS 14.4.2 software versions on Friday, with a security update relating to WebKit, or the browser engine that powers the App Store, many iOS apps, Safari and Mail.

The update is available for iPhone 6s and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, the iPad mini 4 and later and the iPod touch (7th generation).

Apple Watch users should also update their devices to 7.3.3.

The update was released to close a flaw that Apple knows “may have been actively exploited”.

Describing the issue, the tech giant stated: “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”

Cross-scripting allows hackers to inject their own scripts through malicious web content.

Apple said Google Threat Analysis Group researchers Billy Leonard and Clement Lecigné uncovered the flaw.

For most users, the update will install automatically. However, if your device’s OS doesn’t match the latest version, then you’ll need to update your device by heading to Settings > General > Software Update.

It comes only months after Apple uncovered another security weakness that may have allowed “remote attackers” to hack into phones.

Image: Yahoo Finance
Image: Yahoo Finance