iPhone, iPad and Mac users, Indian IT minister has an ‘important’ message for you – Times of India

Apple yesterday rolled out an important update for iPhones. iOS 15.6.1 brings important security updates for iPhone users. Apple also mentioned on its support page that it “is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.” Union Minister for Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar has also ‘urged’ iPhone users to get the latest OS update. In a tweet, Chandrasekhar said, “Apple releases iOS, iPadOS and macOS security fixes for two zero-days under active attack.”

Further, CERT-IN, the government’s Computer Emergency Response Team has also issued an advisory for Apple users to get the latest update for iPhones, MacBooks as well as iPad.

What are the security vulnerabilities Apple has fixed?

On its support page, Apple mentions that the update is available for all users of iPhone 6s and later models. This means that the vulnerability could have affected anyone using the previous versions of iOS 15.
Apple noted that the first security vulnerability would have meant that “any application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.” The second was related to WebKit, which is the browser engine that powers Safari, Chrome, and other web browsers. Apple also said that these security vulnerabilities were flagged by anonymous security researchers.

How to update your iPhone, iPad to the latest iOS, iPadOS version?

You need to follow these steps to get the latest iOS version:

  1. Back up your device using iCloud or your computer.
  2. Plug your device into power and connect to the internet with Wi-Fi.
  3. Go to Settings > General, then tap Software Update.
  4. If you see two software update options available, choose the one that you want to install.
  5. Tap Install Now. If you see Download and Install instead, tap it to download the update, enter your passcode, then tap Install Now.

How to update your Mac to the latest macOS version

  1. From the Apple menu  in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
  2. Click Software Update in the System Preferences window.
  3. Software Update now checks for new software.
  • If Software Update finds new software, click Update Now or Upgrade Now to install. You might be asked to restart or enter an administrator password.

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