If you own an iPhone, you probably already know that Apple recently released the iOS 16.1 update for compatible models. This update includes some new features, such as live activities, or green battery charging, in the United States.
But in addition to the new features, which will surely delight users, the new iOS update also improves iPhone security substantially. We regularly talk about security vulnerabilities, which digital giants discover in their systems, and fix to protect user data.
Apple releases list of fixes for iPhone and iPad
On iOS 16.1 and/or iPadOS 16, Apple has provided a list of patches for security vulnerabilities discovered on iPhones and iPads. These flaws concern different parts of the operating system. For example, the CVE-2022-42798 audio flaw could have allowed a malicious actor to steal information using a doctored audio file.
Another flaw, CVE-2022-32946, concerns Bluetooth. And according to Apple, it could have allowed a hacker to record audio using AirPods.
One of these flaws is already exploited, update!
But the most dangerous flaw, among those that have been discovered, is the CVE-2022-42827 flaw. Revealed to Apple by an anonymous researcher, it concerns the Kernel. It allows the attacker to execute code with kernel-level privileges. And the firm says that information suggests that this problem has already been exploited.
In other words, the flaw is dangerous and hackers already know how to exploit it. Therefore, if it did not happen automatically, it is strongly recommended that you update your device as soon as possible.
Devices affected by this fix are: iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 5th generation and later.
On the one hand, the sheer number of flaws that Apple fixes with iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16 can be overwhelming. But it is also reassuring that the firm is reactive and that almost all the flaws have been able to be corrected even before being exploited.