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iOS 16.1 Zero day Patch

Apple has just released iOS 16.1 update globally for all the users. Now, after three days, the Company is back with zero day patch. Apple has released a security update that fixes several zero day vulnerabilities. For the unversed, a zero-day exploit is a security loophole which developers have not been aware of, and hence, haven’t been patched.

The Company explains that this issue actively exploits. Reports claim that this is the eighth such zero-day vulnerability found in Apple operating systems.

Apple has listed this zero-day exploit as a kernel vulnerability found on “iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.”

Apple rolls out iOS 16.1 Zero day Patch for the users

According to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in note CIVN-2022-0408, an attacker could leverage the vulnerability to gain unauthorised access to sensitive information, spoof interface addresses, execute arbitrary code and cause denial of service attacks on the targeted system.

The update is currently available for iPhone 8 and later, all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 3rd generation or newer, iPad 5th generation or later and iPad Mini 5th generation and later and affects all iOS versions including the recently released iOS 16.1.

The iOS 16.1 update includes fixes for a total of 19 security issues, including two more kernel exploits, three Point-to-Point Protocol vulnerabilities, two WebKit issues, and more. According to a report by Ars Technica, the CVE-2022-42827 exploit brings Apple’s count of zero-day vulnerabilities for 2022 to eight.

This update is available for iPhone 8 or later devices

The Company is advising users on iOS and iPadOS to update their devices to the latest version. To update to the latest version of iOS and iPadOS, all you need to do is head over to the ‘Settings’ app, go to ‘General’ and tap on ‘Software Update’. From there, you will be able to check and install the latest security patch.

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Apart from the aforementioned vulnerabilities, the company fixed several security issues in Safari versions prior to iOS 16.1 and iPadOS 16.1. In August this year, Apple also addressed the CVE-2022-32894 vulnerability, which fixed similar security holes affecting iPhone and iPad users.

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