Mac vulnerability gave hackers access to entire computer

Apple has just released an update for your Mac and MacBook that includes two important security fixes. The vulnerability is in macOS Monterey and you need to have version 12.5.1 to protect your Mac against active exploits.

An active exploit is a computer security term that means that this security flaw has already been found and used by hackers. While full details of the vulnerabilities are withheld to give people a chance to download the update, Apple has shared information about the issues.

MacOS Monterey 12.5 has a security flaw in its kernel, the heart of the operating system, which could allow an application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. This means that an application can gain full access to all aspects of your Mac. This has been identified as CVE-2022-32894.

The second vulnerability is in WebKit, the software a Mac uses to display websites. This means that Safari and many other applications that use web content have the CVE-2022-32893 exploit. Details are also reserved on this active exploit or zero-day security flaw. Apple notes that maliciously crafted web content could lead to code execution.

It is important to update your Mac as soon as possible. In the meantime, be careful when browsing and downloading apps. Apps and websites you know and trust are fine, but save any exploration until you’ve installed macOS 12.5.

Frequent security updates aren’t fun, but they’re necessary to protect your Mac and your data. A quick visit to System Preferences should show a red notification dot in the Software Update pane if you need to install the latest version.

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