Major security vulnerabilities found in iOS and macOS devices could allow potential hackers complete control of a user’s device.

Apple has put out an urgent announcement to let customers know that they have identified two significant security vulnerabilities in its operating systems (iPadOS, iOS and macOS).

The first of these issues is a flaw in Apple’s web browser technology, Webkit (that powers Safari and applications) being actively exploited by attackers.

A second vulnerability was also found for browser engines used by Safari, Mail, and other iOS applications. This security flaw allows attackers to arbitrarily execute code that could download malware onto a user’s device.

This is a very serious issue as it could ultimately allow cybercriminals to take full control of an end user’s device, giving a cybercriminal the same level of access as Apple itself. In response, Apple has released an urgent security update.

Which software versions are affected?

  • iPad OS prior to 15.6.1
  • iOS prior to 15.6.1
  • macOS Monterey 12 prior to 12.5.1

What should I do next?

We recommend checking your OS version and update if required. To do so, navigate the menu as follows:

  • On your iPhone or iPad: Settings > General > Software Update
  • On your Mac: Apple menu > About this Mac > Software Update

If you have any concerns about your device security, please email us or call us on 0330 400 4455.