1 min read

If You’re Using an Older iPhone, Update to iOS 12.5.7 Now!

Filip TRUȚĂ

January 25, 2023

Ad One product to protect all your devices, without slowing them down.
Free 90-day trial
If You’re Using an Older iPhone, Update to iOS 12.5.7 Now!

Apple this week rolled out an emergency patch for older-generation devices to address a security flaw that threat actors are said to be exploiting in the wild.

Anyone using an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 or iPod touch (6th generation) should make iOS 12.5.7 a priority.

The update delivers no new features or operational tweaks. Rather, its sole purpose is to fix a WebKit vulnerability that lets bad actors compromise a device simply by sending the victim a tainted link.

“Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution,” reads the advisory. “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1.”

The type confusion issue abused by hackers isn’t actually new. Apple addressed the flaw on new-gen hardware in December, with the release of iOS 16.2.

To update your device, visit Settings -> General -> Software Update and download and install the patch.

Spyware threat

In the past couple of years, Apple has been busy cracking down on cyber threats targeting iDevices with zero-day, zero-click exploits like the one described above.

The company has also ramped up efforts to keep old-generation hardware protected against malware – especially spyware.

Similar patches were made available in September and October last year, in what looks like a concerted effort to cover even the oldest iPhones with timely security fixes.

Also last year, Bitdefender wrote about obsolete iDevices, warning that keeping iPhones up to date has become critical in recent years, as spyware threats increasingly find their way onto vulnerable devices – with little, or sometimes no, input from the victim.

Bitdefender recommends that Apple users migrate to the newest iOS version available for their device, or get a newer device, to receive official security support from the vendor.

Bitdefender Mobile Security offers powerful protection against all types of cyber threats with minimal impact on device performance and battery life.

tags


Author



Right now

Top posts

Threat actors impersonate Canadian gas retailer to deliver malicious OneNote phishing campaign, Bitdefender Labs warns

Threat actors impersonate Canadian gas retailer to deliver malicious OneNote phishing campaign, Bitdefender Labs warns

January 26, 2023

2 min read
Spammers phish eager vacationers with travel-themed lures, Bitdefender Antispam Lab warns

Spammers phish eager vacationers with travel-themed lures, Bitdefender Antispam Lab warns

January 19, 2023

4 min read
Enhance your cyber resilience and privacy on Computer Security Day in four easy steps

Enhance your cyber resilience and privacy on Computer Security Day in four easy steps

November 29, 2022

2 min read
How to monitor your online privacy during your Thanksgiving trip

How to monitor your online privacy during your Thanksgiving trip

November 22, 2022

3 min read
Just your yearly dose of Black Friday spam: Cybercrooks get ahead of the game to steal shoppers’ info

Just your yearly dose of Black Friday spam: Cybercrooks get ahead of the game to steal shoppers’ info

November 16, 2022

6 min read
Bitdefender VPN in 2022: the new, the improved, and the soon-to-be

Bitdefender VPN in 2022: the new, the improved, and the soon-to-be

November 14, 2022

5 min read

FOLLOW US ON

SOCIAL MEDIA


You might also like

BBB Warns Social Security Beneficiaries of Cost of Living Adjustment Scams BBB Warns Social Security Beneficiaries of Cost of Living Adjustment Scams
Alina BÎZGĂ

February 01, 2023

2 min read
Planet Ice hacked! 240,000 skating fans' details stolen Planet Ice hacked! 240,000 skating fans' details stolen
Graham CLULEY

January 31, 2023

2 min read
QNAP Rolls Out Urgent Patch to Fix SQL Injection Flaw in NAS Devices QNAP Rolls Out Urgent Patch to Fix SQL Injection Flaw in NAS Devices
Filip TRUȚĂ

January 31, 2023

1 min read