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Here's another reason to update to Apple iOS 16: SingCERT tells Apple users to patch their devices

By Liu Hongzuo - on 14 Sep 2022, 4:51pm

Here's another reason to update to Apple iOS 16: SingCERT tells Apple users to patch their devices

Apple iPhone 14 Pro series.

The journey of discovering new features and configuring new settings for Apple iOS 16 has been a nice lead-up to the retail availability of iPhone 14 and 14 Pro series phones. But, here's a more urgent reason to get the latest update: SingCERT has put out a notice advising Apple users to update their devices' firmware, ASAP.

The announcement reads:

Apple has released security updates to fix a zero-day critical vulnerability (CVE-2022-32917) found in their products.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to enable maliciously written programs to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.

Users are advised to patch their products to the latest versions immediately.

This means that the flaw is already being exploited as we speak, hence the urgency to update now. The ability to "execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges" means that the security flaw lets violators access your devices, as if your Apple stuff belongs to them (grossly oversimplified, but we ain't got time for that now).

Apple also has firmware update instructions specific Apple devices, which we've also summarised below:

  • Update your Safari web browser to Safari 16 if you're on MacOS Big Sur and MacOS Moneterey
  • Update to tvOS 16 if you have Apple TV 4K, Apple TV 4K (2nd generation), and Apple TV HD
  • Update to WatchOS 9 for Apple Watch Series 4 and later models
  • Update to iOS 16 for iPhones 8 and later
  • Update to MacOS Monterey 12.6 or Big Sur 11.7 if you have an eligible Mac or MacBook
  • Update to iOS 15.7 and iPadOS 15.7 for iPhones 6s and later, or if you have an iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad (5th-generation) and later, iPad mini 4 and later, or iPod touch (7th-generation)
  • Update to iOS 12.5.6 if you have a iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, or iPod touch (6th generation)

The full list of firmware versions for the corresponding Apple device can be found here. If you're not already protected via automatic updates, you can start the process by visiting the Settings app or page in your respective platforms and devices.

Source: SingCERT, Apple

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