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More than a third of Apple Macs are affected by dangerous zero-day vulnerabilities

According to online sources, between 35% and 40% of supported Apple Macs are at risk of being compromised due to two zero-day vulnerabilities that are already being actively exploited by attackers. Apple patched these vulnerabilities in macOS Monterey, but not in Big Sur and Catalina, which continue to be used across a wide range of devices.

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Image Credit: Daniel Conctantine/Shutterstock

Last week, Apple released a security update for macOS Monterey and disclosed zero-day vulnerabilities CVE-2022-22675 and CVE-2022-22674, stating that they are relevant to macOS, iOS, and iPadOS devices. So far, iOS, iPadOS and macOS Monterey have fixed the problems and the mentioned vulnerabilities are harmless. However, they are still relevant for devices with macOS Big Sur and Catalina. Intego estimates that this issue affects between 35% and 40% of macOS devices. At the moment, it can only be solved by updating the operating system to the latest version.

This time around, Apple has deviated from its usual practice of releasing security patches for at least two versions of its operating system that were released before the most recent one. The source notes that Apple released patches for three versions of macOS at once in October last year and in January and February this year to eliminate vulnerabilities actively exploited by attackers. Apple officials have yet to comment on the matter.

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