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Government’s Urgent Warning to Apple Users: Vital Information You Must Know

The Com­put­er Emer­gency Response Team in India (CERT-In) has recent­ly issued a high-risk warn­ing to Apple users, high­light­ing mul­ti­ple vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties in Apple prod­ucts that could poten­tial­ly expose sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion. These vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties pose a seri­ous secu­ri­ty threat and have the poten­tial for attack­ers to gain unau­tho­rised access to user data.

Accord­ing to CERT-In, the iden­ti­fied vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties include the abil­i­ty for hack­ers to exe­cute arbi­trary code, bypass secu­ri­ty mea­sures, cause denial of ser­vice (DoS) attacks, bypass authen­ti­ca­tion process­es, obtain ele­vat­ed priv­i­leges, and car­ry out spoof­ing attacks on the tar­get­ed sys­tems.

The affected Apple software versions listed by CERT-In include:

  • Apple iOS ver­sions pri­or to 17.1 and iPa­dOS ver­sions pri­or to 17.1.
  • Apple iOS ver­sions pri­or to 16.7.2 and iPa­dOS ver­sions pri­or to 16.7.2.
  • Apple 10S ver­sions pri­or to 15.8 and iPa­dOS ver­sions pri­or to 15.8.
  • Apple macOS Sono­ma ver­sions pri­or to 14.1.
  • Apple macOS Ven­tu­ra ver­sions pri­or to 13.6.1.
  • Apple macOS Mon­terey ver­sions pri­or to 12.7.1.
  • Apple tvOS ver­sions pri­or to 17.1.
  • Apple watchOS ver­sions pri­or to 10.1.
  • Apple Safari ver­sions pri­or to 17.1.

To safe­guard against poten­tial hack­ing and data theft, CERT-In advis­es iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad users to prompt­ly update their devices with the lat­est Apple firmware. Installing the lat­est updates for iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS, and Safari is cru­cial for pro­tect­ing per­son­al data.

Users can eas­i­ly update their devices by fol­low­ing these steps:
For iPhone users, nav­i­gate to Set­tings > Gen­er­al > Soft­ware Update.
Apple has already released the nec­es­sary updates. Sim­ply check the device set­tings to see if an update is avail­able.

In a relat­ed note, it recent­ly rolled out iOS 17.1, which not only intro­duced new fea­tures but also addressed var­i­ous bugs. This update fixed a pri­va­cy issue relat­ed to Sig­nif­i­cant Loca­tion set­tings when trans­fer­ring or pair­ing an Apple Watch for the first time, ensur­ing enhanced user secu­ri­ty.

Apple scary fast event update in the form of web sto­ry.

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