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Apple Warns of 3 iOS Zero-Day Security Vulnerabilities Exploited in the Wild

January 28, 2021
iOS Zero-Day Security Vulnerabilities

Apple on Tuesday launched updates for iOS, iPadOS, and tvOS with fixes for 3 safety vulnerabilities that it says could have been actively exploited within the wild.

Reported by an nameless researcher, the three zero-day flaws — CVE-2021-1782, CVE-2021-1870, and CVE-2021-1871 — might have allowed an attacker to raise privileges and obtain distant code execution.

The iPhone maker didn’t disclose how widespread the assault was or reveal the identities of the attackers actively exploiting them.

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Whereas the privilege escalation bug within the kernel (CVE-2021-1782) was famous as a race situation that would trigger a malicious software to raise its privileges, the opposite two shortcomings — dubbed a “logic concern” — had been found within the WebKit browser engine (CVE-2021-1870 and CVE-2021-1871), allowing an attacker to attain arbitrary code execution inside Safari.

Apple stated the race situation and the WebKit flaws had been addressed with improved locking and restrictions, respectively.

Whereas actual particulars of the exploit leveraging the failings are unlikely to be made public till the patches have been broadly utilized, it would not be a shock in the event that they had been chained collectively to hold out watering gap assaults towards potential targets.

Such an assault would contain delivering the malicious code just by visiting a compromised web site that then takes benefit of the aforementioned vulnerabilities to escalate its privileges and run arbitrary instructions to take management of the system.

The updates are actually out there for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod contact (seventh technology), in addition to Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD.

Information of the newest zero-days comes after the corporate resolved three actively exploited vulnerabilities in November 2020 and a separate zero-day bug in iOS 13.5.1 that was disclosed as utilized in a cyberespionage campaign focusing on Al Jazeera journalists final yr.

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