The iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, watchOS 9.6, and tvOS 16.6 updates Apple released today address a long list of security vulnerabilities, two of which Apple says are actively being exploited.
Apple today also released iOS 15.7.8, iPadOS 15.7.8, macOS Monterey 12.6.8, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.9 for devices that cannot run current versions of Mac, iPhone, and iPad software. These updates contain similar security improvements.
There are several fixes for kernel vulnerabilities, including one that allows an app to modify a sensitive kernel state. This is the vulnerability that Apple says may have been actively exploited, but Apple’s words indicate that it has only received reports of active exploits against iOS versions released prior to iOS 15.7.1. However, it is patched on all platforms.
The updates address a WebKit vulnerability that Apple says is actively being exploited, but Apple first addressed the issue with Rapid Security Responses in iOS 16.5.1 (c) and macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (c), so some iPhone and iPad users may already be experiencing this issue.
Since these new software releases include many security fixes, it’s a good idea to install them as soon as possible. A complete list of patches implemented by Apple can be found at Apple Security support website.
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