It’s been a week of critical security updates, so whether you’re reading this on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even Apple Watch, you probably need an update. Apple and Google released critical security updates this week, so if you haven’t finished reading and checking your software update yet, if you’re using one of these devices or apps:
iOS 15.6.1: This week, Apple released a minor update to the iPhone that includes two important security fixes affecting the kernel and WebKit. Both updates could lead to the execution of arbitrary code with kernel privileges and could be actively exploited. Go to “Settings” on your iPhone and click “General” then “Software Update” to install it.
iPadOS 15.6.1: The same security updates as for iOS above are included in the iPadOS 15.6.1 update. To update, go to the Settings app on your iPad, then General, then Software Update.
macOS Monterey 12.5.1: macOS Monterey 12.5.1 also includes two important security updates for the kernel (CVE-2022-32894) and WebKit (CVE-2022-32893). As with iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1, Apple says it is aware of a report of possible active exploitation of this issue. To update, go to System Preferences and click Software update.
watchOS 8.7.1: Apple says this update, available only for the Apple Watch Series 3, does not contain any CVE security entries. However, it fixes a bug that causes the watch to restart unexpectedly. To update your watch, make sure it’s charging and at 50 percent power, then launch the iPhone app.
Safari 15.6.1: For Big Sur and Catalina, Apple fixed the CVE-2022-32893 WebKit vulnerability in Safari: “Out-of-bounds writing issue has been addressed with improved bounds checking.” You can update Safari on Mac at Software update panel in System Preferences.
Chrome for Mac: This week, Google released version 104.0.5112.101 for Mac, which included 11 security fixes, including a critical fix for CVE-2022-2856 that exists in the wild. To update, go to Settingsthen About Chrome.