Apple has started rolling out iOS, iPadOS, and macOS updates for older iPhone, iPad, and MacBook models. The updates address a number of critical security issues that needed immediate resolution for users whose devices were not eligible for Apple’s latest iOS 16.3, iPadOS 16.3, and macOS Ventura updates for iPhone, iPad, and MacBook, which were recently widely distributed. are released on a stable channel. The company lists 14 different critical security and system vulnerabilities that have been fixed with the latest software updates for older Apple devices.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant has released a total of five software updates for older Apple devices. This includes iOS 12.5.7, iOS 15.7.3, iPadOS 15.7.3, macOS Big Sur 11.7.3, macOS Monterey 12.6.3.
iPhone models older than the iPhone 8 are not eligible for Apple’s latest iOS 16.3 update, making them highly vulnerable to security threats. iOS 12.5.7 and iPadOS 12.5.7 resolve these issues on iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation) devices, Apple confirmed in its security bulletin. The iOS update for older devices addresses a critical WebKit Bugzilla vulnerability with tracking number CVE-2022-42856, which was unearthed by Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group. The vulnerability was exploited by malicious phishing attackers to remotely access devices, execute unauthorized commands or code, additional malware or spyware.
Other confusing WebKit security vulnerabilities fixed in the latest OS updates for macOS include AppleMobileFileIntegrity, curl, dcerpc, DiskArbitration, DriverKit, Intel Graphics Driver, PackageKit, Kernel, Mail Exchange, Maps, Screen Time, Weather, WebKit, and Windows installer.
With such critical vulnerabilities, users are advised to update their device as soon as possible to protect themselves from malicious attacks. Users who own an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPod touch (6th generation), or devices running macOS Monterey, macOS Big Sur are advised to install the latest security updates by going to Settings > General > Software Update.