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Apple has closed two security gaps with a series of software updates for its devices, which may already have been used. One of the weak points was in Apple's web kit software, with the help of which content is shown in web browsers. Prepared websites could use the gap to have any software code run, explained Apple .

Zwei Sicherheitslücken von Apple wurden möglicherweise bereits ausgenutzt. © Sven Hoppe/dpa Two security gaps from Apple may have already been used.

"Simply said, a cybercriminal malware could place on your device if you have only looked at an otherwise harmless website," warned the IT security company Sophos on Thursday.

iPhones and iPads particularly affected

by this weak point, iPhones and iPads were even more threatened than Mac computers: Because on the mobile devices all browsers run with web kit and not just the in-house Safari program. The second vulnerability was located in the so -called kernel, the central part of the operating system. An attacker who has already gained access to the device can thus compensate for all possible data, emphasized Sophos.

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Such security gaps are considered to be very valuable and are mostly used by secret services and developers of monitoring software. The Pegasus software of the Israeli SpionaSoftware company NSO, which also used weaknesses on Apple devices, became known.

Apple referred to information from an anonymous researcher for the now stuffed security gaps. Like other companies, the iPhone group awards rewards for information about discovered weaknesses. In recent years, Apple has repeatedly announced security gaps in the release of updates.

For software updates, users have to become active themselves to install them. The current operating system versions are iOS 15.6.1 on the iPhone and iPados 15.6.1 for tablets and MacOS Monterey 12.5.1 for Apple's computers.

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