Apple Users Beware: Government Warns Of Potential Device Takeovers

Apple users in India are on high alert as the Indian government flagged multiple high-severity vulnerabilities, potentially allowing attackers unauthorized control over devices.

What Happened? The warning, issued by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN), a sector of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, pinpoints the vulnerabilities to the WebKit browser engine, integral to Safari and other browsers, and prevalent in various Apple products, including iPhones and watches.

CERT-IN's official statement elucidates, "The vulnerabilities stem from issues in certificate validation, the Kernel, and the Webkit component. Attackers could manipulate these vulnerabilities by dispatching specially crafted requests."

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What to Know: The vulnerabilities impact a range of Apple products and versions, including certain iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS versions. To safeguard personal data, users are urged to promptly update their devices to the latest available versions, as recommended by the national nodal body overseeing cybersecurity issues.

If these software vulnerabilities remain unaddressed, attackers could potentially infiltrate Apple watches, TVs, iPhones, and MacBooks. To mitigate these risks, essential updates are accessible on Apple's official website and cert-in.org.in, ensuring users can secure their devices against potential breaches.

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