Apple released iOS 15.5 and iPadOS 15.5 on Monday night, introducing a whopping 30 fixes for iPhone and iPad security issues.
The bumper security patch is detailed on Apple’s website. support pagesome of which allow an application to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges” and others even involve compromising system privileges.
There are also links to potential security vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to gain access to read and white device privileges. A Safari Private Browsing vulnerability would allow malicious websites to track this activity, and another security issue could allow a malicious application to bypass signature verification.
Apple also describes a shortcut vulnerability that allows anyone with physical access to a user’s iOS device to access their lock screen photos.
This is a fairly extensive list of vulnerabilities that Apple is addressing today, and you can look here. Although the company does not call it a critical update, as is often the case, we recommend that you install it on your phone and tablet as soon as possible.
Elsewhere, iOS 15.5 brings feature updates related to Apple Cash, Apple Podcasts, and a fix for home automation.
The release numbers are as follows:
- Wallet now allows Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash card.
- Apple Podcasts includes a new setting that lets you limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete old ones.
- Fixes an issue that could cause home automation triggered by people arriving or leaving to malfunction.