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Apple discovers security threat, orders device upgrade

Sole IOS device producer, Apple, said it just discovered two security flaws in iPhones, iPads, and Macs products a potential threat that can give attackers complete control of the device.

The American firm said all iPhone 6s models and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation) are all affected by this security error.

The Tim Cook-owned company has advised users to update their devices’ software as they have released an emergency security update to forestall any attack.

The two vulnerabilities were found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps, and the kernel, essentially the core of the operating system.

Webkit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps, and the kernel, essentially the core of the operating system, are the ones vulnerable to the security flaw.

Believed to be related, Apple in its security update says the Webkit bug could be exploited if a vulnerable device accessed or processed “maliciously crafted web content that may lead to arbitrary code execution,” while the second bug allowed a malicious application “to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” allowing full access to the device.

The IOS device producers added that it is “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” meaning any device that does not update its device might be running the risk of attack.

However, Apple did not give any further information on the number of users already affected by the vulnerability.

The security flaw and device update warning are coming prior to the company’s ritual September launch of its latest iPhone, with the iPhone expected to be launched on the 14th.

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