Apple sends iOS 12.5.6 to older iPhone and iPad models to fix serious vulnerability


If you own an iPhone older than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, you are cut off from iOS support by Apple. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Apple wants your phone to be attacked by bad actors looking to take advantage of a vulnerability to take over your handset. But what can Apple do for older models that don’t support iOS 15 but need to fix some security flaws?

The answer is simple. According Cult of the Mac, Apple yesterday released iOS 12.5.6 for handsets dating back to the iPhone 5s from 2013. Those of you with an iPhone still have support from Apple recently received iOS 15.6.1 to close the same dangerous vulnerability. Last month, we told you that if exploited by malicious people, these attackers could impersonate device owners and run any software named after them.
The problem was discovered in WebKit, the browser engine used by Apple for Safari. With this vulnerability, an attacker could create a Web page allowing him to execute code even without the authorization of the user. Unfortunately, it seems that the security flaw has already been used by hackers. “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the tech giant said.
Devices receiving iOS 12.5.6 include iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation). To update, go to Settings > General > Software update. Don’t ignore the update if it does appear on your old iPhone model. After all, this is a significant security issue that cybercriminals have taken advantage of.
Apple has already updated iOS 12 in a similar situation. Last September, Apple released iOS 12.5.5 which fixed a flaw that an attacker could exploit by creating malicious PDF files. Like the current vulnerability, this flaw was believed at the time to have been exploited by attackers.
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