Vulnerabilities in iOS version 6 and later dating from September 2012 that are triggered via the iOS email app have been disclosed that if exploited allow remote code execution.
The problems were revealed by the security firm ZecOps, which has spotted the vulnerability being trigged in the wild on iOS 11.2.2 as far back as November 2018 and potentially even earlier. Apple was informed in February 2019 and the company released a beta patch in April correcting the issue. Only the iOS email app is vulnerable, not other third party variety’s like Gmail or Outlook.
“The vulnerability allows to run remote code in the context of MobileMail (iOS 12) or maild (iOS 13). Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow the attacker to leak, modify, and delete emails. Additional kernel vulnerability would provide full device access – we suspect that these attackers had another vulnerability. It is currently under investigation,” ZecOps reported.
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