Urgent iPhone update to avoid hackers steal your information. Apple has swiftly released iOS 17.0.3, an immediate iPhone update addressing two security vulnerabilities, one of which is currently being exploited in real-world attacks. Details below
Urgent iPhone update to avoid hackers steal your information
To provide users with ample time to update their iPhones before threat details become widely known, Apple has not disclosed much information about the resolved issues in iOS 17.0.3.
The first patched flaw in iOS 17.0.3 pertains to a kernel issue at the core of the iOS operating system, known as CVE-2023-42824. Apple stated that this issue, now fixed in iOS 17.0.3, could potentially enable an attacker to escalate their privileges if they have local access to your iPhone. Despite making it more challenging for remote attackers, there are already reports of this flaw being actively exploited in versions of iOS prior to iOS 16.6.
The second issue resolved in iOS 17.0.3 is a vulnerability within the open-source web technology WebRTC, tracked as CVE-2023-5217, which could allow an attacker to execute code. This vulnerability impacts multiple browsers and platforms and has already been addressed in Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox.
This marks the third iOS update in as many weeks, with Apple consistently addressing vulnerabilities used in spyware attacks. The immediate release of iOS 17.0.3 underscores its critical importance, as noted by independent security researcher Sean Wright, who also warns that the WebRTC vulnerability could potentially be combined with the local kernel exploit to gain remote control over a victim’s device.
Given that at least one of the vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 17.0.3 is actively exploited, it is strongly recommended to update your iPhone promptly. However, after updating to iOS 17.0.3, it’s advisable to review your privacy settings, as a separate issue in iOS 17 could inadvertently enable Significant Locations and iPhone Analytics even if you had previously disabled them.
For users still on iOS 16, Apple has only released iOS 17.0.3, which may imply that updating to iOS 16.7 is sufficient for protection, although the specific fix is not listed in the iOS 16.7 security details. It’s advisable to monitor updates from Apple for any potential iOS 16 patches.
Additionally, the iOS 17.0.3 update addresses an overheating problem in iPhone 15s, making it essential for users of Apple’s latest device to update promptly.
If you are already on iOS 17, updating to iOS 17.0.3 is a crucial step. Simply navigate to your Settings > General > Software Update to download and install iOS 17.0.3 immediately.
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