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Apple releases the incremental iOS and iPadOS 15.3.1 update to fix a crucial security discrepancy

Apple releases new iOS and iPadOS versions. (Source: Apple)
Apple releases new iOS and iPadOS versions. (Source: Apple)
iOS and iPadOS versions 15.3 were pushed in order to patch a slew of vulnerabilities on iPhones or iPads. However, it left one, which may have allowed the execution of "arbitrary" code. Never fear, though, v15.3.1 is here to address this potential security issue. There are also now new corresponding macOS and watchOS versions available to install.

Apple has now acknowledged the potentially critical vulnerability CVE-2022-22620, proven by an anonymous entity to increase the risk that arbitrary code from malicious websites could execute on unsuspecting iPhones or iPads via WebKit. The OEM has conceded that this methodology could well have been enacted in active units to date.

This, apparently, could have happened even after the 15.3 firmware updates intended to crush a range of additional CVEs; therefore, Apple has now released a further minor upgrade: 15.3.1. It is rated to fix this lingering security issue, which applies to a fairly wide range of mobile devices from the Cupertino giant, from iPhones of the 6 series or later and all iPads Pro to the 7th-gen iPod Touch.

Apple has also issued new watchOS 8.4.2 and macOS 12.2.1 updates to mirror these security patches. In the case of the Monterey update, it may also address a Bluetooth-related battery-drain phenomenon experienced by some Mac users.

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 5228 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-02-11 (Update: 2022-03-19)