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Apple released updates for its older models due to an ongoing vulnerability issue. It launched special security updates for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and 3 and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.
On its official website, the company addressed the vulnerability along with security updates for the software. “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” As per the website, the vulnerability ‘CVE-2022-32894’ was fixed with a security patch.
Security update for older versions
According to reports, it was speculated that the ‘CVE-2022-32894’ vulnerability might have been exploited without the user’s knowledge. In the note, the company stated that it was aware of the ongoing security flaw and has thus released the iOS 12.5.6 security patch to protect its customers’ data. While Apple does not usually release updates for older versions, the company did so this time due to the vulnerability that may pose serious threats to the users.
Vulnerability addressed in the latest security update
This incident highlights the importance of updating devices even if newer models have been launched in the market. Cyber attackers can use vulnerabilities in older devices to access and misuse data stored in the device.
Updating Apple devices
Apple was informed about the vulnerability through a tip, following which the company released the update on Wednesday. Clicking on ‘Software Update’ would let the new patch be downloaded and installed on older Apple models. Those who experience any technical glitch while updating their devices or feel that their device’s security has been compromised may contact the Apple support team.
Security best practices
Users were urged to keep their devices updated and to install apps from the official App store. Downloading apps from external sources may lead to cyber-attacks. The company also advised users to not click on suspicious and unknown links and to opt for two-factor authentication.