Apple addresses actively exploited vulnerabilities with iOS 16.6 update
Apple has released a number of updates, including iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, watchOS 9.6, and tvOS 16.6, that address a range of security vulnerabilities. Of particular concern are two vulnerabilities that Apple believes may have been actively exploited.
The updates also include iOS 15.7.8, iPadOS 15.7.8, macOS Monterey 12.6.8, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.9 for devices that are unable to run the latest release versions of Apple’s software. These updates offer the same security improvements.
One notable fix is for a kernel vulnerability that could potentially allow an app to modify a sensitive kernel state. Although Apple suggests that this vulnerability may have been actively exploited, it received reports of such exploits only on versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.7.1. Nonetheless, the vulnerability has been patched across all platforms.
Another vulnerability addressed in the updates is related to WebKit. Apple had initially addressed this issue with the iOS 16.5.1 and macOS Ventura 13.4.1 Rapid Security Responses. Consequently, some users may have already been protected from this particular vulnerability.
Due to the significant number of security fixes included in these software updates, it is advisable for users to install them as soon as possible. A comprehensive list of the implemented patches can be found on Apple’s security support website.
In other news, Apple is expected to bring notable changes to its fourth-generation iPhone SE, internally known as Ghost. The phone will reportedly feature a design based on the iPhone 14, and its hardware will receive significant updates.
Additionally, Apple has previewed the next generation of CarPlay, which promises deeper integration with vehicle functions and support for multiple displays. The first vehicles to support this new CarPlay experience are expected to be announced later this year.
Furthermore, Apple has released iOS 17.1 beta 1, which introduces features and refinements promised for iOS 17.1. Notably, users can now favorite songs, albums, playlists, and artists in Apple Music.
However, concerns have arisen about the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max overheating. Various reports have documented anecdotal complaints from customers, highlighting potential causes of the overheating. Apple plans to address this issue with an upcoming iOS 17 update.
Additionally, it has been discovered that not all USB-C power banks work properly with the iPhone 15 lineup. It appears that some existing USB-C power banks are incompatible with these models, possibly due to differences in charging protocols.
Lastly, Apple has released iOS 17.0.2 and iPadOS 17.0.2, following the recent releases of iOS 17.0.1 and iPadOS 17.0.1. These updates can be downloaded over-the-air and include various bug fixes and improvements.
Overall, Apple’s recent updates aim to enhance security and address potential vulnerabilities. Users are advised to stay updated with the latest software releases to ensure the best possible user experience and protection.