Thursday, Sep 01, 2022, 16:13 Hardware

iOS 12.5.6 Released – With Important Bug Fixes

iOS 12.5.6 Released – With Important Bug Fixes
Apple just released another software update – albeit without a testing phase this time. The update in question concerns an older version of iOS, version 12.5.6, and it intends to provide latent updaters who have yet to update to iOS 13 with some new security improvements. Although most users do indeed normally switch to the newest version of iOS upon release, iOS13 came with some specific hardware requirements leaving an update out of the question for some users – particularly for owners of an iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, 6th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and 6 Plus were unable to update their devices to the new version (13) of iOS at the time in 2019. iOS 12, although technically discontinued, remains cared for.

Update To 2018 Operating System
Since Apple still needs to provide security updates for older devices, mainly those unsupported by iOS 13, Cupertino has released these bug fixes in iOS 12.5.6. Although an iOS update, it is geared towards iPads primarily, as the differentiation between iOS and iPadOS still had yet to occur during iOS 12's stage run (version 13). The change log indicates no further details other than Apple's recommendation that all eligible users install the new version. However, we already know which vulnerability Cupertino intends to fix with the update, thanks to a support document from Apple detailing a vulnerability fixed two weeks ago in iPadOS 15.

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Critical Security Vulnerabilities
The company already mentioned its knowledge of past exploitation of the vulnerability two weeks ago. There are two sides to the matter, with the first presenting a weak point in the device's kernel and the second in WebKit. In both cases, attackers could execute code after infiltration with full privileges in the device's kernel. For this reason, it's advised not to wait too long for the update and to update any devices running an older version of iOS 12 as soon as possible. The update in question is the first update to iOS 12 in a year.

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