A critical security update is available for your Apple device—download it right away.
This week saw the release of a slew of critical security updates.
It’s been a week of critical security updates, so if you’re reading this on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even an Apple Watch, you should update. This week, Apple and Google released critical security updates, so if you haven’t already, stop reading and check your software update if you use one of the following devices or apps:
iOS 15.6.1: This week, Apple released a small update for iPhones that includes two critical security patches affecting Kernel and WebKit. Both updates could allow arbitrary code to be executed with kernel privileges and may have been actively exploited. To install it, go to Settings on your iPhone, then General, then Software Update.
The same security updates that are available for iOS are included in the iPadOS 15.6.1 update. To update, go to your iPad’s Settings app, then General, and Software Update.
macOS Monterey 12.5.1 also includes two critical security updates for the Kernel (CVE-2022-32894) and WebKit (CVE-2022-32893). Apple, like iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1, says it is aware of a report that this issue was actively exploited. Go to System Preferences and select Software Update.
watchOS 8.7.1: According to Apple, this update, which is only available for the Apple Watch Series 3, contains no CVE security entries. It does, however, fix a bug that causes the watch to reboot unexpectedly. To update your watch, make sure it’s charging and at least 50% charged, and then launch the iPhone app.
Safari 15.6.1: For Big Sur and Catalina, Apple has patched the CVE-2022-32893 WebKit vulnerability in Safari, an “out-of-bounds write issue was addressed with improved bounds checking.” Safari can be updated on the Mac via the Software Update pane in System Preferences.
Chrome for Mac: This week Google pushed version 104.0.5112.101 for Mac that included 11 security fixes, including a critical fix for CVE-2022-2856 that exists in the wild. Go to Preferences, then About Chrome to update.