Even if you want to wait for new iOS and macOS updates to settle before you take the plunge, you’ll want to update your iPhone and Mac ASAP, even if you choose to stay on iOS 15 for now. On iPhones, Apple offers a choice between iOS 15.7 and iOS 16 upon update.
The update is necessary because iOS 15.7 (and iOS 16) and macOS Monterey 12.6 are fixing zero-day vulnerabilities, which Apple says may be currently in active use by attackers…
sleeping computer Reports:
Apple has released security updates to address the eighth zero-day vulnerability used in attacks against iPhones and Macs since the beginning of the year.
In a security alert issued Monday, Apple revealed it was aware of reports that this security flaw “may have been actively exploited.”
The bug (tracked as CVE-2022-32917) could allow maliciously designed applications to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
“Random code execution with kernel privileges” is a way of saying that an attacker can do a lot of things, with the right set of exploits.
The list of devices at risk is extensive:
- All Macs running macOS Big Sur 11.7 and macOS Monterey 12.6
- All iPhones from iPhone 6s
- All iPads from iPad Air 2 / iPad 5 / iPad mini 4
- iPod Touch (7th generation)
The site notes that Apple is deliberately vigilant in the limited information that has been released so far.
Although Apple has revealed an active exploit of this vulnerability in the wild, the company has not yet released any information regarding these attacks.
By refusing to release this information, Apple likely wants to allow as many customers as possible to patch their devices before other attackers develop their own exploits and start spreading them in attacks targeting vulnerable iPhones and Macs.
sleeping computer He says this is the eighth zero-day vulnerability that has been patched by Apple so far this year.
Most vulnerabilities are used in targeted attacks, but some are used more widely, so it’s always a good idea to update your iPhone and other Apple devices as soon as possible.
On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update and choose between iOS 15.7 and iOS 16. On your Mac, go to > About This Mac > Software Update.