Apple released iOS 15.0.2 and iPad OS 15.0.2 for iPhone and iPad users to tackle a persistent security issue that the company says may have been exploited in the wild.
The security update, revealed through a trick by an anonymous researcher, aims to negate a memory corruption vulnerability.
Apple says an application can access arbitrary code, even with kernel privileges, making it an extremely dangerous beast. The update improves memory management.
“An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited, ”Apple wrote on its support page.
The company recommends that users of all iPhone and iPad devices that are compatible with iOS 15 install the update. Given the nature of this vulnerability, we recommend that you do so quickly.
These models are: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
You can update your iPhone by going to Settings> General> Software Updates. The release notes also provide other fixes, which are described in the release notes as follows:
- Photos saved to your library from Messages can be deleted after deleting the associated thread or message
- IPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My
- AirTag may not appear in the Find My Items tab
- CarPlay may not open audio apps or become disconnected during playback
- Device restore or update might fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models
This is the second update since Apple released iOS 15 at the end of last month. iOS 15.0.1 was designed to address an issue with the Unlock with Apple Watch feature that allows users to use their wearable device as a Face ID setting when wearing a face cover.
A more important update is expected in the coming weeks. iOS 15.1 is currently in beta and is expected to introduce SharePlay, a FaceTime watch-like feature that allows people to stream content together.