Article: Apple fixes iOS zero-day used to deploy NSO iPhone spyware

“Apple has released security updates to fix two zero-day vulnerabilities that have been seen exploited in the wild to attack iPhones and Macs. One is known to be used to install the Pegasus spyware on iPhones.

The vulnerabilities are tracked as CVE-2021-30860 and CVE-2021-30858, and both allow maliciously crafted documents to execute commands when opened on vulnerable devices.

The CVE-2021-30860 CoreGraphics vulnerability is an integer overflow bug discovered by Citizen Lab that allows threat actors to create malicious PDF documents that execute commands when opened in iOS and macOS.

CVE-2021-30858 is a WebKit use after free vulnerability allowing hackers to create maliciously crafted web page that execute commands when visiting them on iPhones and macOS. Apple states that this vulnerability was disclosed anonymously.

“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the company said in security advisories published today regarding both vulnerabilities.

While Apple did not release any further information on how the vulnerabilities were used in attacks, Citizen Lab has confirmed that CVE-2021-30860 is a zero-day zero-click iMessage exploit named ‘FORCEDENTRY.’

The FORCEDENTRY exploit was discovered to be used to bypass the iOS BlastDoor security feature to deploy the NSO Pegasus spyware on devices belonging to Bahraini activists.”

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