Apple last week released a new macOS update to MacBook users worldwide. The new update provides a fix for a recently discovered zero-day exploit. But it looks like Apple has only released the update for its latest macOS 12.3.1 version, while leaving the older macOS versions still running on some systems.
Apple noted that the zero-day exploits were able to allow malware-ridden apps to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Another exploit was found to have been related to Intel graphics drivers, which according to the company’s findings could have exposed kernel memory.
This means that any MacBook running Big Sur or Catalina software is still vulnerable to zero-day exploits. And worryingly, we don’t know whether Apple has any plans to release a solution for the security problems faced by these macOS versions.
The company has a policy of releasing security updates for the last two macOS versions, which should ideally include macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina. But over here, there’s no indication that Apple will stick to its promise, especially with regards to the security issue.
Apple likes users to move to newer macOS versions that are compatible with their MacBooks and iMacs.
And it’s possible that the company is hoping that instead of rolling out fixes for older versions, these Mac users upgrade to the latest macOS Monterey version as soon as possible so that their systems stay safe.
And if their machines aren’t compatible to run the newer macOS version, Apple will most likely recommend that they upgrade their machine completely, that way they can get the Monterey version and fix zero-day exploits. can.