Apple releases iOS and iPadOS 16.6.1, and watchOS 9.6.2
Apple released some security updates today including iOS and iPadOS 16.6.1 and watchOS 9.6.2. All are security updates.
Let’s start with the update to iOS 16.6.1 and iPadOS 16.6.1. The first patch is for the Image I/O framework that allows
applications to read and write most image file formats. With the vulnerability discovered, a malicious image could
allow an attacker to run any program or code on a targeted device. Apple says it is aware of reports that this vulnerability
“may have been actively exploited.”
The iOS 16.6.1 update and the iPadOS 16.6.1 update also patch an issue with the Wallet. “A maliciously crafted attachment”
could allow an attacker to run any program or code on a targeted device. Once again, Apple says that it is aware
of reports that this vulnerability has been actively exploited. A validation issue was addressed with improved
logic to patch the flaw.
To update your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > General > Software Update and follow the directions.
As for watchOS 9.6.2, the same issue with the Wallet found on the iPhone and iPad is a vulnerability on the Apple Watch.
Updating your Apple Watch Series 4 or later will patch the vulnerability on the timepiece. It is important to update
your watch because if this flaw is exploited, it could allow an attacker to run any program or code on a targeted
To install the update, make sure your Apple Watch is connected to its charger and is in range of your Wi-Fi-powered
iPhone. Once the watch is charged up to 50%, the update will proceed. Do not remove the watch from the charger
until the update is completed.
You might want to take the time to update your devices now.