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Apple has just released new security updates for older devices, including iOS 15.7.5, macOS Big Sur 11.7.6, and macOS Monterey 12.6.5. These updates come as a response to the recently discovered vulnerabilities that have been actively exploited in the wild.
Apple has made it clear that they prioritize the security of their users, and these updates aim to protect those who are unable to upgrade to the latest operating systems. With the new software, those who are still running older iPhones, iPads, and Macs can still receive the necessary security improvements.
To download iOS 15.7.5 on eligible iPhones and iPads, users can go to Settings, then General, and then Software Update. On the other hand, macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey updates can be downloaded by going to System Preferences, clicking on General, and then Software Update.
The newly released updates address two known vulnerabilities, both of which have been exploited in the wild. The IOSurfaceAccelerator vulnerability could allow an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges, while the WebKit vulnerability could allow maliciously crafted web content to execute code. To address these issues, Apple has improved input validation and memory management.
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Google’s Threat Analysis Group and Amnesty International’s Security Lab have been credited with discovering and reporting both vulnerabilities to Apple. These security issues were initially addressed in the iOS 16.4.1 and macOS Ventura 13.3.1 updates that were released last week. However, today’s software updates ensure that older devices are also protected from these vulnerabilities.