Apple fixes its ninth major zero-day threat of the year – another day and yet another out-of-bounds write problem to worry tech giants apple.
Apple Fixes Its Ninth Major Zero-Day Threat of the Year
Tech company Apple has now released another fresh zer0-day vulnerability that is being actively utilized in the wild and thus bringing the complete number of addressed flaws of such nature to nine this year alone.
The flaw which was discovered in apple tablet and smartphone devices is described as an out-of-bound write issue that can be leveraged by threat actors in running arbitrary codes with kernel privileges on vulnerable endpoints. This very vulnerability is now being tracked as CVE-2022-42827.
Security Affairs reported that it was initially and anonymously reported to the Cupertino tech giant and it was then fixed through improved bounds checking for iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.
There Have Been A Total of Nine Zero-Days in 2022 Alone
The security advisory of Apple reads: “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.”
Users sporting an iPhone 8 and newer smartphones, iPad Air 3rd generation and newer, any iPad Pro model, iPad 5th generation and newer, or iPad mini 5th generation and newer should immediately apply the latest updates as they are vulnerable to this zero-day.
This is the ninth zero-day vulnerability that has been addressed by apple this year, after fixing two back in January (CVE-2022-22587 and CVE-2022-22594), one in February (CVE-2022-22620), two in March (CVE-2022-22674 and CVE-2022-22675), one in May (CVE-2022-22675), one in August (CVE-2022-32894), and one in September (CVE-2022-32917).
CVE-2022-32917, which was fixed just last month, allows malicious apps to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges, just as this recent zero-day. This one, too, was fixed with much-improved bounds checks.
iOS 16 Was Released In Mid-September This Year
Apple’s latest version of its operating system for mobile devices, iOS 16 was released in mid-September this year. This release brought came with lots of improvements to many apps, from a redesigned Home app for your smart appliances to better privacy features, and also a big focus on the lock screen, with new fonts, colors, and themes to select from. There is also a satellite calling feature coming to the newly-announced iPhone 14 models, which is a feature that is set to come in November 2022.
iPadOS 16 which is the latest version of the operating system that is designed for tablets, was launched yesterday.