The CVE-2019-7287 vulnerability affects the IOKit and it can be exploited by a malicious app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
“An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” reads the security advisory.
“A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved input validation.”
The CVE-2019-7286 vulnerability impacts the Foundation component in iOS, it could allow a malicious application to gain elevated privileges.
“An application may be able to gain elevated privileges” continues the advisory. “A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved input validation.”
The flaws were discovered by Clement Lecigne of Google Threat Analysis Group, and Ian Beer and Samuel Groß of Google Project Zero. Apple also credited an anonymous researcher for the discovery of the vulnerabilities.
Project Zero Team Lead Ben Hawkes revealed that both CVE-2019-7286 and CVE-2019-7287 have been exploited in the wild. Google experts did not reveal technical details on the attacks they observed in the wild.
The popular Google Project white hat hacker Tavis Ormandy confirmed that three of the four vulnerabilities addressed by Apple were exploited by attackers in the wild.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.