Apple recently released security patches for iPhones and iPads. These patches address two critical vulnerabilities, one of which is a zero-day flaw that can allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. The patches address these issues by enhancing bounds checks. The patches are available for the iPhone 6, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad 5.
By default, Apple’s rapid response security patches are installed automatically, but you can also choose to install them manually. Sometimes, security patches require restarting your device, so be aware of the requirements for your device before you install them. Apple separates security patches from the standard iOS releases in order to be able to react more quickly to critical vulnerabilities.
Users can also choose to remove security patches from their iPhones if they are unneeded or not working properly. Rapid Security Response is a system that automatically installs security patches on an iPhone, but you can always uninstall it and restart your phone if you don’t need it. However, you should avoid using this feature unless you’re a technical expert and know what you’re doing.
Although Apple doesn’t list reasons to uninstall patches, it recommends it only for specific circumstances and is not recommended for most users. Some users may find that they need the patch for special work or management tools, but most people shouldn’t use this option. The latest update to the iPhones’ security system includes the introduction of high Lockdown Mode, which is designed to protect against “extremely sophisticated” cyberattacks.
iOS 16 also introduces a new feature called Rapid Security Response. This new feature lets users install security patches without having to download the full OS update. It aims to deliver important security improvements more quickly than ever before. As part of the new iOS version, the software also introduces passkeys in the web browser, allowing users to log in using their fingerprint or Face ID instead of a password.
Apple released these security patches for iPhones on Wednesday and Thursday. The new updates address vulnerabilities in Safari web browser and the WebKit component. These updates also affect iPad 5th generation, the iPad Air 2, the iPad mini 4, and all iPhone Pro models. A few Mac computers running the Monterey OS and the Big Sur and Catalina operating systems are also affected.
This latest iOS 12.5.6 update resolves a vulnerability that could have allowed malicious websites to run arbitrary code on the iPhone. As an iPhone owner, you should consider purchasing the update now. Apple’s continued support for iPhones and iPads is a significant factor in their longevity. Moreover, this update is available for older versions of the devices, which means they can still be used as baby monitors and kids’ phones.