The Margin: Apple users should update Zoom before their next meeting — and beware of fake Coinbase job postings

by | Aug 20, 2022 | Stock Market

Bad apples have given iPhone, Mac and iPad users more reasons to worry. Apple
shared two security reports this week warning about serious vulnerabilities in some of its devices, which could allow attackers to take complete control of iPhones, iPads and Macs. 

Users were advised to update the affected devices, which include: the iPhone 6S and later models; 5th generation iPads and several later models, as well as all iPad Pro models and the iPad Air 2; Mac computers running MacOS Monterey; and some iPod models. The vulnerability also extends to Apple’s Safari browser on its Big Sur and Catalina operating systems, the company added in another update. Get all of the latest software updates for your Apple devices here. Read more: Update your devices: Apple discloses serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs By Friday morning, however, several specific vulnerabilities targeting Mac operating software were trending among real-time Google searches, including a hole in Zoom’s
security, as well as fraudulent Coinbase job postings.  The Zoom exploit was flagged by Patrick Wardle from the nonprofit Objective-See, which creates open-source macOS security tools. Wardle shared his findings at last week’s DefCon hacking and security conference. He was able to exploit Zoom’s automatic updater to gain access to someone’s Mac. So Zoom released an update in response — update 5.11.5 (9880) — but some testers were still able to bypass it. So Zoom released a second patch — update 5.11.6 (9098) — which is now available. 

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