Apple iMessage vulnerability targeted by attackers
Apple has released a software update for iOS, macOS and watchOS. This update fixes a significant weakness in the system that could allow an attacker access a person’s phone, iPad, computer or watch without authorisation.
CERT NZ recommends all users of these operating systems immediately update their devices.
Apple has stated the vulnerabilities affect three of their operating systems:
What to do
Immediately update your Apple iOS, macOS and watchOS devices where the update is available. For most people, a pop-up should alert you that an update is available – select ‘Update Now’.
If you do not receive a pop up message, follow these steps:
Settings > General > Software Update.
System preferences > Software Update.
For Apple Watch:
My Watch > General > Software Update.
For further information on affected devices and the update, see Apple's security notification. External Link
For further information about updating devices, see CERT NZ's guide to updating your devices External Link .
CERT NZ recommends that anyone who has a device that is not able to receive updates look to replace their devices. For further information, see our guide on end-of-life devices.