Apple has issued an urgent advisory, urging users to update their devices to iOS 16.6.1 or iPadOS 16.6.1. This critical update is designed to rectify security vulnerabilities identified by Apple, which have the potential to be exploited to compromise the security of iPhones and iPads.
According to Apple, one of these vulnerabilities involves the processing of a maliciously crafted image, which could result in arbitrary code execution. The company also acknowledged receiving reports that this issue may have already been actively exploited by malicious actors.
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This warning underscores the possibility that hackers may have already started exploiting these security weaknesses. There are two specific vulnerabilities outlined: one affecting the ImageIO framework, which permits applications to interact with various image file formats and access image metadata; and another affecting Wallet, which is also present in watchOS. In response, Apple has released watchOS 9.6.2 to address the Wallet vulnerability.
It is worth noting that these recent security flaws were identified by The Citizen Lab at The University of Toronto’s Munk School. They are classified as zero-day exploits, meaning they leverage coding flaws that were previously unknown in order to gain unauthorized access to devices.
To install iOS 16.6.1, follow these steps:
Open your device’s Settings.
Tap on General.
Select Software Update.
Follow the given instructions to download and install the update.
If your device cannot run iOS 16, Apple might consider releasing an updated version of iOS 15 to address any vulnerabilities, especially if these vulnerabilities affect iPhones earlier than the iPhone 8, 4th-generation iPads, 2nd-generation iPad Airs, or older models.
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