A dangerous security vulnerability has been discovered that allows unauthorized access to sensitive user data on locked Apple devices. The malware, known as CVE-2023-41982, exploits Siri's permission settings on locked devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Apple Watches. Fortunately, Apple has taken swift action to mitigate this cybersecurity risk, releasing updates to fix the issue on all affected devices. In this article, we'll explore the details of the CVE-2023-41982 vulnerability, how it functions, and the steps you can take to protect your devices and personal information.

The CVE-2023-41982 Vulnerability

Apple devices running the affected operating systems (macOS Sonoma 14., watchOS 10, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16) were found to be vulnerable to a security flaw that could allow potential attackers to access sensitive user data without having the device's passcode or authentication. The vulnerability was identified in Siri's permission settings, allowing access to various device functionalities even when the device was locked.

The exploit, cataloged as CVE-2023-41982, takes advantage of Siri's permissions, allowing unauthorized individuals to access sensitive data such as contact information, messages, call logs, and even sensitive third-party app data by simply activating Siri on the locked device and asking for it. Apple acknowledged this serious vulnerability and addressed it by restricting the options Siri offers when a device is locked.

Here's what the original exploit code snippet might look like

return unauthorizedRequest

How to Protect Your Devices:

Apple has released security updates to fix the CVE-2023-41982 vulnerability for the affected operating systems. The security updates include macOS Sonoma 14.1, watchOS 10.1, iOS 16.7.2 and iPadOS 16.7.2, and iOS 17.1 and iPadOS 17.1. To protect your devices, ensure you have updated your operating system to the latest version.

Follow these steps to update your Apple devices:

1. iPhone and iPad: Navigate to Settings > General > Software Update. Check if there's a pending update, and click on "Download and Install" if it's available.

2. Mac: Open the Apple menu on the top left corner of the screen, click on "System Preferences," and then on "Software Update." If an update is available, click on “Upgrade Now.”

3. Apple Watch: Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone, tap the "My Watch" tab, and then go to General > Software Update. If an update is available, tap "Download and Install."

Additionally, until you've updated your device, consider disabling Siri on the lock screen to prevent unauthorized access:

1. iPhone and iPad: Go to Settings > Siri & Search, and toggle off "Allow Siri When Locked."

2. Apple Watch: Open the Watch app on your paired iPhone, tap the "My Watch" tab, and then go to General > Siri. Toggle off "Allow Siri When Locked."

Original References:

To learn more about the CVE-2023-41982 vulnerability and its fix, you can refer to these sources:

1. Apple's official security updates documentation: Apple Security Updates
2. Detailed descriptions of vulnerabilities and their patches in the National Vulnerability Database (NVD): CVE-2023-41982


The discovery of the CVE-2023-41982 vulnerability highlights the importance of maintaining strong security protocols for devices, even when they are locked. By restricting Siri's permissions on locked devices, Apple has addressed this issue, and users can safeguard their sensitive information by promptly updating their operating system and applying the necessary security patches. Always stay vigilant and ensure that you're using the most up-to-date version of your device's software to maintain optimal security.


Published on: 10/25/2023 19:15:10 UTC
Last modified on: 11/02/2023 15:27:31 UTC