Apple Gadget Fans Beware: High-Severity Flaw CVE-2022-48618 Actively Exploited!

Tired of updating your gazillion Apple devices? Tough cookies! CISA’s latest alert adds another ‘must-fix’ to your list: CVE-2022-48618, a sneaky kernel flaw with a taste for Pointer Authentication cheese. Patch before hackers milk it! 🧀💻🔒 #Cybersecurity #AppleFlaws

Hot Take:

It’s like Apple’s giving us a cybersecurity advent calendar, except behind each door there’s a fresh vulnerability rather than chocolate. And CISA’s playing the role of the overeager parent, insisting we open all the doors by February 21st. CVE-2022-48618, come on down—you’re the next contestant on “Patch it Like it’s Hot!”

Key Points:

  • CISA has spotlighted a high-severity flaw across nearly the entire Apple product range—so much for “it just works.”
  • The flaw (CVE-2022-48618) is a kernel kerfuffle that could let attackers sidestep Pointer Authentication, which sounds a lot like cheating at a high-stakes game of digital tag.
  • This digital gremlin was squashed in December 2022, but the public got the memo over a year later. Talk about being fashionably late to the vulnerability party.
  • Apple’s patch parade continued with a similar issue (CVE-2022-32844) tackled back in July 2022, suggesting they might have a kernel cornfield with some pesky crows.
  • CISA’s giving federal agencies the cyber equivalent of a homework deadline: get those patches applied by February 21, 2024, or risk a stern talking-to.
Cve id: CVE-2024-23222
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: apple
Cve date updated: 01/23/2024
Cve description: A type confusion issue was addressed with improved checks. This issue is fixed in tvOS 17.3, iOS 17.3 and iPadOS 17.3, macOS Sonoma 14.3, iOS 16.7.5 and iPadOS 16.7.5, Safari 17.3, macOS Ventura 13.6.4, macOS Monterey 12.7.3. Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited.

Cve id: CVE-2022-48618
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: apple
Cve date updated: 01/09/2024
Cve description: The issue was addressed with improved checks. This issue is fixed in macOS Ventura 13.1, watchOS 9.2, iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2, tvOS 16.2. An attacker with arbitrary read and write capability may be able to bypass Pointer Authentication. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.7.1.

Cve id: CVE-2022-32844
Cve state: PUBLISHED
Cve assigner short name: apple
Cve date updated: 02/27/2023
Cve description: A race condition was addressed with improved state handling. This issue is fixed in tvOS 15.6, watchOS 8.7, iOS 15.6 and iPadOS 15.6. An app with arbitrary kernel read and write capability may be able to bypass Pointer Authentication.

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When Patches Become Time Travelers

As it turns out, Apple's been playing the time-honored game of "Patch and Tell" with their security updates. CVE-2022-48618 was put to bed with a patch last December, but Apple kept it on the down-low until January this year. That's like fixing a leak but only telling the family after the house floods. Thanks, Apple; our digital socks are soaked.

Kernel Popcorn, Anyone?

The kernel is at the heart of the issue, again. If you're not a fan of kernel problems, you might want to look away. CVE-2022-48618 allowed attackers to bypass Pointer Authentication, which is Apple's bouncer for memory access. It seems someone gave the bouncer the slip. Apple's fix involves "improved checks," which is corporate speak for "We've told the bouncer to actually check IDs this time."

The Patchwork Quilt of Security

Apple's been stitching up security holes like a cyber-quilter. They tackled a similar problem last July, proving that like bad habits and reality TV stars, kernel issues are hard to shake. And just when you thought it was safe, CVE-2024-23222 pops up in WebKit, prompting a rapid response for Apple Vision Pro headsets. It's like a game of whack-a-mole, but with software updates instead of mallets.

The CISA Countdown

Meanwhile, CISA's acting like the strict librarian who tells you the library's closing in ten minutes. They've given federal agencies a deadline to patch up or face the consequences. It's like telling kids to clean their room by dinner, but with more national security implications and fewer tantrums (hopefully).

What's the Takeaway?

It's clear that in the world of cybersecurity, nothing stays secret for long, and everything old is new again eventually. Apple's patching strategy might raise a few eyebrows, but at least they're diligent with their digital needle and thread. So, let's get patching and keep those pesky exploiters at bay. Because the only kernel we want to deal with is the one at the bottom of our popcorn bags.

Tags: Apple vulnerabilities, CISA advisory, CVE-2022-48618, iOS security, macOS Security, Pointer Authentication bypass, WebKit security flaw