Apple has recently released security updates for iPhones [3], Macs [1] [2] [5], and Apple TVs to address a zero-day vulnerability in the WebKit browser engine, which powers Safari. This vulnerability, known as CVE-2024-23222 [1] [2] [3] [4], allows threat actors to execute arbitrary code on affected devices by tricking users into visiting a malicious site [6].


Apple has taken action to fix this issue by implementing improved checks in their latest software updates. Specifically, iOS 16.7.5 and later [1], iPadOS 16.7.5 and later [1], macOS Monterey 12.7.3 and later [1], and tvOS 17.3 and later have all been updated to address the vulnerability. It is worth noting that Apple has acknowledged that this vulnerability has been actively exploited, although the full extent of the attacks remains unknown. Additionally, Apple has also backported fixes for other vulnerabilities to older devices [3].

Furthermore, it has been reported that Chinese authorities have utilized previously known vulnerabilities in Apple’s AirDrop functionality for law enforcement purposes [3].


The release of these security updates by Apple is a crucial step in mitigating the risks posed by the zero-day vulnerability in the WebKit browser engine. By addressing this issue and providing fixes for other vulnerabilities, Apple is actively working to protect its users from potential threats. However, the fact that the vulnerability has been actively exploited highlights the importance of promptly installing these updates to ensure the security of Apple devices. Additionally, the utilization of known vulnerabilities by Chinese authorities for law enforcement purposes raises concerns about the potential misuse of such vulnerabilities in the future. It is essential for users to remain vigilant and stay informed about the latest security updates to safeguard their devices and personal information.