For the eighth time this year, Manzana has released a security update to fix a “zero-day” vulnerability affecting its main operating systems Y devices.
So if any TechMarkup reader has a iPhone, iPad either Macthere is no need to hesitate update the software ASAP to avoid being hacked.
It should be noted that in the case of the iPhone or iPad it is not necessary to install iOS 16 either iPad OS 16, respectively. Apple has also included a patch in the versions 15.7 of the aforementioned operating systems, so you can choose which of these two you want to use to perform the update.
You are aware of a report indicating that this vulnerability has been actively exploited. However, it does not provide further details on possible attacks.
What is this vulnerability in Apple devices
In detailing each of the aforementioned updates, Apple mentions that the bug was reported by an anonymous researcher and identified as CVE-2022-32917.
Also, there is knowledge of a report indicating that this vulnerability has been actively exploited. However, it does not provide further details on possible attacks.
According to the people of Cupertino, the vulnerability in question allows an application executes arbitrary code with kernel privileges. So do not miss the opportunity to install updated versions of the operating system with the corresponding patch included.
The devices affected by this error are:
– All models from iPhone 6S onwards;
– iPod Touch 7th generation;
– iPad 5th generation and later;
– iPad mini 4 and later;
– iPad Air 2 and successors;
– All iPad Pro models;
– On the Mac side, the vulnerability affects all compatible with Big Sur and Monterey.
It is important to have an updated iPhone, iPad and Mac
It is true that many users do not always like to update their devices to the latest version of the operating system. Especially those whose team has been around for a few years.
Sometimes this can be due to fear of stability issues, or simply because they don’t think installing the latest version will provide too noticeable changes in performance or productivity.
However, it’s important to stay on top of security updates, whether it’s on your iPhone, Mac, or iPad. When it comes to the most recent vulnerability discovered in Apple’s operating system, installing the patch is really simple:
– If using a Mac, the Big Sur 11.7 or Monterey 12.6 update can be found at System Preferences > Software Update.
– For iPhone and iPad, you need to go to Settings > General > Software update.
As mentioned from the beginning, Apple will not force you to install iOS/iPadOS 16, but you can choose to stay on version 15.7, which also fixes the most recent vulnerability.
In any case, do not forget that iOS 16 will come with important security updates. They will be installed faster thanks to QuickSecurityResponse, one of the functions presented in this last WWDC.
In fact, users will be able to choose to download security patches without having to replace the entire operating system. A function that will not be exclusive to the iPhone but will also come to Macs thanks to macOS Ventura.