Apple is releasing a new update for iOS and iPadOS to patch a critical WebKit vulnerability. The updates are iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1.
The vulnerability allowed malicious websites to execute code on devices like iPhone or iPad Pro, which could then cause all kinds of security flaws. Apple said that the vulnerability was exploited but did not share details on how many users were affected or the damage caused.
“Effect: Handling maliciously crafted web content may result in arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” Apple notes on its support website about vulnerability CVE-2022-22620, discovered by an anonymous researcher. .
Which devices are receiving the update?
The iOS 15.3.1 update is available for iPhone 6S and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation or later, iPad mini 4 or later, and iPod touch (generation) Saturday).
Apple is also releasing a similar update for macOS to fix the same vulnerability CVE-2022-22620. The macOS Monterey 12.2.1 update is available to all devices that support the macOS Monterey update.
The watchOS 8.4.2 update has also been released for supported Apple Watch models. The company has also rolled out an update to Safari. Safari update 15.3 for macOS Big Sur (build number 166188.8.131.52.8) and macOS Catalina (build number 156184.108.40.206.8) fixed the issue.
Needless to say, users should update to the latest version as soon as possible. To get new updates on your iPhone or iPad, open the Settings app and go to General / Software Update. On a Mac, open System Preferences / Software Update.