iOS 16 fixes a critical security flaw. Even if you don’t need the new features, update your device.
There are many reasons to update your iPhone to iOS 16. You can customize the lock screen to do whatever you want with it, edit and undo iMessages, and even find the percentage battery indicator in the charm bar. While these new features and other changes are worth updating, nothing is more important, in the end, than the latest security update.
iOS 16 fixes a critical security flaw
This offers a large number of various and varied flaw fixes. The latest updates for iPhone and iPad correct no less than 11 flaws, while the latest for Mac fixes 8 for macOS Monterey and 10 for macOS Big Sur.
Normally, security vulnerabilities are a problem, of course, but not always very urgent because only Apple and third parties know about them, or at least know how they can possibly be exploited. While it’s important to update quickly, it’s often not always a matter of life or death, so to speak. That being said, one of the flaws fixed by this update is a zero-day flaw that is already exploited by malicious people. As Apple explains, the company “is aware of a report indicating that this flaw may have been actively exploited. If true, that means someone, somewhere knows how to use this vulnerability against you, potentially putting your iPhone, iPad, and Mac at risk.”
The vulnerability in question is identified as CVE-2022-32917 and allows someone to execute code with access to the kernel. In other words, a malicious person could execute the code of their choice on your device, and take full control of it. This situation means that it is essential to update your devices as quickly as possible.
Which Apple devices receive security updates?
Simply put, everyone. Apple has released updates for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV, although these devices are not compatible with the latest software updates. For example, for iPhones that aren’t eligible for iOS 16, there’s iOS 15.7, with the same security fixes as in the latest iOS 16 update. security updates from tvOS and watchOS include a patch for this flaw, or even if these devices are simply affected.
In any case, you can find the changelog of the updates below, by device: