With the release of macOS Monterey 12.3.1, Apple patched two zero-day exploits in its operating system. However, the company has yet to fix the security issue in macOS Big Sur and macOS Catalina, as these versions are affected by the same vulnerabilities and are still supported by Apple.
As Apple reports, one of the exploits allowed malicious applications to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. A second exploit found in Intel Graphics Drivers could lead to kernel memory disclosure.
While Mac users running the latest version of macOS Monterey are now safe, the same cannot be said for those still using macOS Big Sur or macOS Catalina. As reported by Intego, Apple hasn’t shared any statements about releasing security updates for previous versions of macOS, as it usually does.
At this time, the company has not responded to Intego’s requests, so it is suggested to update to the latest version of macOS Monterey as soon as possible, to avoid security issues.