Now is the time to update your iPhone and iPad

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Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) – Apple has issued a fix for a newly identified zero-day vulnerability, which the company claims is being actively exploited in the wild.

You should upgrade your iPhone or iPad right now if you have one. Apple has recently revealed the discovery of a zero-day vulnerability that affects a large number of its phones and tablets, and which hackers may be actively exploiting.

The fix is included in Apple’s most recent phone and tablet upgrades, iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2, respectively. “iPhone 6s and after, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation),” according to an emergency security notification released Monday.

The flaw is found in the devices’ IOMobileFrameBuffer, and according to the firm, if properly exploited, hackers may use it to run arbitrary code with kernel privileges on target devices, allowing them to take control of your phone or tablet and do anything they want with it. Injecting malware or stealing your data are two examples of this type of activity.

Apple claims the zero-day was discovered by a “unknown researcher,” but doesn’t go into any information about who may be targeting it or how it was found. CVE-2021-30883 is the name they’ve given it.

While it’s unclear whether or not this security weakness is being actively exploited, it’s also unclear if it isn’t—and you shouldn’t wait to find out. Failure to update your devices on a regular basis is the quickest and most inconvenient way to have your data and internet security compromised—so go ahead, update, and stay safe.

This year, Apple has been patching like crazy—according to The Record, today’s update marks the 17th zero-day fix for Apple goods this year. The business issued an emergency security fix in September for a vulnerability that had apparently left 1.65 billion devices exposed to malware infection for months.