Apple fixed the eighth actively exploited zero-day this year

Pierluigi Paganini September 12, 2022

Apple has addressed the eighth zero-day vulnerability that is actively exploited in attacks against iPhones and Macs since January.

Apple has released security updates to fix a zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-32917, which is actively exploited in attacks against iPhone and Mac devices. This is the eighth zero-day vulnerability fixed by the IT giant since the start of the year.

“An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” reads the advisory published by Apple for this vulnerability. “The issue was addressed with improved bounds checks.”

The vulnerability impacts iPhone 6s 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 and Macs running macOS Big Sur 11.7 and macOS Monterey 12.6

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Threat actors could exploit this bug creating specially crafted applications to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

The vulnerability was reported by an anonymous researcher and Apple confirmed that it is aware that this flaw “may have been actively exploited.”

Apple addressed by releasing iOS 15.7 and iPadOS 15.7macOS Monterey 12.6, and macOS Big Sur 11.7 versions.

Apple also released security patches for the CVE-2022-32894 zero-day that address the issue for Macs running macOS Big Sur 11.7. The company initially released security updates for this issue on August 31 that fixed the bug in iOS versions running on older iPhones and iPads.

Apple did not disclose technical details of the attack that are exploiting this vulnerability in the wild to allow its customers to install the security patches.

Apple addressed other sever zero-day since the start of the year:

Apple has addressed other six zero-day vulnerabilities since January, below is the list of fixed issues:

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, zero-day)

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