Apple just patched some major vulnerabilities and it's time to update (again)

You need to update your Mac devices ASAP. Don't ignore those prompts.

1/28/2022 10:10:00 PM

Apple was so excited about all their new products launching in the fall that they almost missed a critical security flaw in their OS. At least there’s a patch for it now. FYI you're going to want to download it immediately. Hit the link for more. Link:

You need to update your Mac devices ASAP. Don't ignore those prompts.

.The updates affect Safari, macOS, tvOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. There are a multitude of issues addressed by Wednesday's patches, and Apple makes clear inits documentationthat many of them are quite serious."A website may be able to track sensitive user information," reads one description of a problem with Safari."Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution," reads another.

That's bad.In other words, a sketchy website designed to exploit this vulnerability could make your computer run whatever code the hacker wanted.SEE ALSO:Sketchy lookalike URLs pop up following launch of USPS free COVID test siteBut wait, it gets even worse. That's because Apple says these vulnerabilities aren't just theoretical, but that someone — aka hackers, governments, or who knows — possibly took advantage of at least one of them in the real world.

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happening a lot lately . The updates affect Safari, macOS, tvOS, iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS. There are a multitude of issues addressed by Wednesday's patches, and Apple makes clear in its documentation that many of them are quite serious. "A website may be able to track sensitive user information," reads one description of a problem with Safari."Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution," reads another. That's bad. In other words, a sketchy website designed to exploit this vulnerability could make your computer run whatever code the hacker wanted. SEE ALSO: Sketchy lookalike URLs pop up following launch of USPS free COVID test site But wait, it gets even worse. That's because Apple says these vulnerabilities aren't just theoretical, but that someone — aka hackers, governments, or who knows — possibly took advantage of at least one of them in the real world. "A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges," Apple writes, regarding an issue with iOS and iPadOS."Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited." Thankfully, when it comes to the apparently Sisyphean task of keeping your iPhone and Mac free from zero-day vulnerabilities, hitting"update" goes a long way — even if you have to do it over and over again. Related Video: How to not get your social media hacked More in