iOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, and Other Updates Patch Actively Exploited Vulnerabilities

The iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS Ventura 13.5, watchOS 9.6, and tvOS 16.6 updates that Apple released today address a long list of security vulnerabilities, including two that Apple says may have been actively exploited.

iOS 16
Apple today also released iOS 15.7.8, iPadOS 15.7.8, macOS Monterey 12.6.8, and macOS Big Sur 11.7.9 for devices that are not able to run the current release versions of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad software. These updates contain the same security improvements.

There are several fixes for kernel vulnerabilities, including one that could allow an app to modify a sensitive kernel state. This is the vulnerability that Apple says may have been actively exploited, but Apple's wording indicates that it only received reports of active exploits against versions of iOS that were released before iOS 15.7.1. It is, however, patched on all platforms.

The updates also fix a WebKit vulnerability that Apple says could have been actively exploited, but Apple first addressed this issue with the iOS 16.5.1 (c) and macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (c) Rapid Security Responses, so some ‌iPhone‌, ‌iPad‌, and Mac users may have already had protection from this issue.

Because these new software releases include so many security fixes, it is a good idea to install them as soon as possible. A full list of the patches that Apple has implemented can be found on Apple's security support website.

Related Forums: iOS 16, macOS Ventura

Top Rated Comments

xpxp2002 Avatar
10 months ago

security is the only reason i volunteer to be an early adopter
I'm just waiting for the influx of comments that run along the lines of, "Don't install!!1! This update makes my battery die 3 minutes quicker. Nobody really needs security patches, anyway."
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scheinderrob Avatar
10 months ago
security is the only reason i volunteer to be an early adopter
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xpxp2002 Avatar
10 months ago

Anyone else think there's just way too many of these things lately? Feels like it's never-ending!
I'm glad that Apple is responding quickly to address vulnerabilities as they are discovered and fixes are produced. Much better than running code for weeks that has known vulnerabilities, potentially even with known exploit code out in the wild.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
10 months ago

Did Apple forget about iOS 17?

Great question. Perhaps there’s a new beta to be released soon. Let’s hope so.
I have a feeling it is coming tomorrow!
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AlixSPQR Avatar
10 months ago

Uh.. it's already out.
No, iOS 16.6 is out, never heard of iPhone OS 16.6. ;)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
10 months ago

Looking forward to the public release of iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma.
Me too! Starting next week we should be in weekly beta updates. Hoping for August to fly by. Can't believe we are less than 2 months away now :)
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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