February 20, 2024

Indian government issues risk alert to iPhone users; Upgrade you now!

CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a security advisory to users iPhone in India.

The warning highlights that if no action is taken to resolve the issue, hackers may take complete control of the devices.

CERT-In said on its official website that older models such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7 series, iPhone 8 series, and the first generation iPhone SE also have vulnerabilities.

iPad users including iPad Air, Pro and Mini are also advised to update to the latest version available in the market.

In India, the iPhone presented operating system inconsistencies

The Indian team investigated vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS and iPadOS operating systems due to “inappropriate input validation” issues in the Kernel and “incorrect state management” in WebKit.

For users to understand, experts have explained that Kernel is a kind of core of the operating system, while WebKit is the core technology behind Apple’s Safari browser.

The security agency warns that these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system, which could lead to complete control of the compromised device. CERT-In classifies the severity level of these vulnerabilities as High Risk.

The government notice was issued a few days after Apple started rolling out new iOS updates for iPhones that are still up-to-date.

The company released iOS 15.7.7 and revealed that the security vulnerabilities are real and were discovered by the famous cyber security company Kaspersky.

To solve the problem, users need to update the device as soon as possible!

Protect yourself by updating your iPhone

To update your iPhone or iPad and protect yourself from any issues, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app on your device;
  2. Scroll down and tap General.
  3. Then press “Software Update”;
  4. If an update is available, you will see the option to download and install it;
  5. Click “Download and Install” and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the update process.

Ensure that your device is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and has sufficient battery power or is connected to a power source during the update process.

When it’s done, your device will be up-to-date protection and resources provided by Apple.