Apple users urged to update software on iPhones, iPads, Macs to iOS 16.5.1 (a) for ‘important’ bug fix

Apple users urged to update software on iPhones, iPads, Macs to iOS 16.5.1 (a) for ‘important’ bug fix
  • PublishedSeptember 14, 2023

The tech giant has released a fix for a flaw that ‘may have been actively exploited’ by hackers.


Apple
 has released an urgent security update for millions of customers to fix a bug that “may have been actively exploited” by cyber crooks.

The tech giant released a rapid security response, iOS 16.5.1 (a), on Monday to patch the security issue for iPhone, iPad and Mac users.

“This rapid security response provides important security fixes and is recommended for all users,” it said in an update notice on impacted devices.

The vulnerability, titled CVE-2023-37450, was reported by an anonymous security researcher and can be easily fixed by downloading and installing the rapid security response.

Apple’s description of the bug is: “Impact: Processing web content may lead to arbitrary code execution” — a form of hacking where cyber criminals can spot a flaw in software or hardware and use it to run malicious code on the target device.

“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the tech giant said.

However, there is a simple fix to keep customers safe.

The rapid security response is available for the latest versions of devices using iOs 16.5.1, iPadOS 16.5.1 and macOS Ventura 13.4.1.

To download the fix, open the settings app, head to general and click software update.

Then choose download and install and Apple will work its magic.

The tech giant recommends users check their device settings to ensure it allows rapid security responses to be applied automatically.

To do this, visit software update again and then choose automatic updates and make sure “security responses and system files” is turned on.

Rapid security responses were introduced in May to deliver “important security improvements” in between software updates.

“They may also be used to mitigate some security issues more quickly, such as issues that may have been exploited or reported to exist,” Apple said.

SOURCE: 7NEWS

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