New macOS 12.5.1 and iOS 15.6.1 updates patch “actively exploited” vulnerabilities/
Apple has released a trio of OS updates to patch security vulnerabilities that it says “may have been actively exploited.” The macOS 12.5.1, iOS 15.6.1, and iPadOS 15.6.1 updates are available for download now and will be installed as soon as possible.
The three updates all fix the identical pair of bugs. One, labeled CVE-2022-32894, may be a kernel vulnerability that can allow apps “to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. The other, CVE-2022-32893, may be a WebKit bug that allows for arbitrary code execution via “maliciously crafted web content.” Both discoveries are attributed to an anonymous security researcher. WebKit is employed in the Safari browser as well as in apps like Mail that use Apple’s WebViews to render and display content.
Apple didn’t release equivalent security patches for macOS Catalina or Big Sur , two older versions of macOS that are still receiving regular security updates. We’ve contacted Apple to work out whether it plans to release these patches for these older OSes, or if they are not affected by the bugs and don’t need to be patched.
Apple’s software release notes for the updates don’t reference the other fixes or features. Apple is actively developing iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, and people updates are due out later this fall
macOS Ventura’s public beta is here.
Apple has released the betas for its next major operating systems to the general public today, making it relatively easy for adventurous users to download and install rough versions of the software which will begin powering Macs, iPhones, iPads, and other devices starting sometime within the fall.
We’ll publish full reviews of these new OSes when they’re officially released, except for Mac users who want to jump into the public betas today, we’ll be covering some macOS Ventura features we’ve learned about in our time with the developer betas (the first public beta build corresponds roughly to the third developer beta build, which was released last week).
Rather than focus on high-profile changes, like Continuity Camera, search improvements, Passkeys, or the overhauled Settings app, we’ve focused on smaller but still significant improvements, including some that show us where Apple is trying to steer the Mac in the next few years.
The public betas for iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura, and other updates are often installed on supported hardware using Apple’s documentation here. As when installing any software , proceed with caution—make sure you’ve got recent backups of your important files and consider using test hardware rather than installing the betas on systems that you rely on day to day.