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Apple Patches Under-Attack iOS Zero-Day

Apple has shipped an urgent security update to fix a major security flaw affecting iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices alongside a warning that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

Apple has shipped an urgent security update to fix a major security flaw affecting iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch devices alongside a warning that the vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

The new iOS 14.4.2 was released on Friday with yet another band-aid for Apple’s flagship iOS platform and the company said it was “aware of reports that an exploit for this issue exists in the wild.”

As is customary, the company did not provide any additional details on the in-the-wild attacks.

A brief advisory describes the problem:

Impact: 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.

The company credited a pair of researchers from Google’s TAG (Threat Analysis Group) for reporting the issue, suggesting this may be linked to a wave of high-end APT campaigns documented by Google’s Project Zero unit.

Since January 2020, Apple has scrambled out patches for least 7 documented in-the-wild zero day attacks, mostly launched by nation-state backed threat actors.

[ READ: Sophisticated APT Spy Group Burned 11 Zero-Days  ]

Last week, Google released new details on a pair of exploit servers used by a sophisticated threat actor to hit users across multiple platforms, including exploits aimed squarely at Apple’s IOS.

The APT group effectively burned through at least 11 zero-days exploits in less than a year to conduct mass spying across a range of platforms and devices. 

Related: Zerodium Expects iOS Exploit Prices to Drop as It Announces Surplus

Written By

Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

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