It’s been a week of critical security updates, so whether you’re reading this on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even an Apple Watch, it’s probably in need of an update. Apple and Google released critical security updates this week, so if you haven’t stopped reading and want to check for software updates if you use any of these devices or apps:
iOS 15.6.1: Apple released a minor update for iPhones this week that includes two major security fixes affecting the Kernel and WebKit. Both of these updates can lead to arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges and may have been actively exploited. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap General and then Software Update to install it.
iPad OS 15.6.1: The same security updates listed above on iOS are included in the iPadOS 15.6.1 update. To update, go to the Settings app on your iPad, then General & Software Update.
macOS Monterey 12.5.1: macOS Monterey 12.5.1 also includes two important security updates for Kernel (CVE-2022-32894) and WebKit (CVE-2022-32893). Like iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1, Apple says it is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. To update, go to System Preferences and click Software update.
watchOS 8.7.1: Apple says this update, which is only available for the Apple Watch Series 3, does not include CVE security features. However, it fixes a bug that causes the watch to reboot unexpectedly. To update your watch, make sure it’s charged and running at 50%, then launch the iPhone app.
Safari 15.6.1: For Big Sur and Catalina, Apple patched the CVE-2022-32893 WebKit vulnerability in Safari. You can update Safari on Mac in Software update pane in System Preferences.
Chrome for Mac: This week, Google released 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 update Preferencesthen About Chrome.