Apple iPhone users are at high risk, Indian government warns

Apple iPhones are known for their durability and the security features. The Cupertino-based tech giant rolls out security updates for its devices from time to time. While Apple recommends users to run the latest builds of iOS on their iPhones to have a more secure and rich operating system, older iPhone models are unable to install the latest updates due to hardware limitations. A few users also choose to use the older version of iOS for ease of use, but it’s worth noting that older iOS versions are easier to exploit. One such vulnerability has been discovered in Apple iOS and the Indian government has issued a warning for iPhone users.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’s Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) has revealed that a vulnerability has been reported in iOS that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted device. The vulnerability affects Apple iOS version prior to 12.5.7 for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation).

According to CERT-In, this vulnerability exists in Apple IOS due to a typo confusion in the WebKit component. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by tricking the victim into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the attacked system. The vulnerability is being actively exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1.

To avoid scams, you need to install the latest iOS 12.5.7 patch launched by Apple earlier this week.