Apple unexpectedly releases iOS 12.5.5 update for older iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones and iPad Air and iPad mini tablets

Recently, Apple unexpectedly began distributing updates for older models of smartphones and tablets.

and an iPod.

Who updated

So, iOS 12.5.5 has become available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • 1st generation iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPod touch 6th generation

You can download the update in Settings - General - Software update.

What for?

Of course, there are no new functions in the firmware.brings, but has an equally important feature - it eliminates vulnerabilities and security issues related to XNU, WebKit and CoreGraphics. For example, a vulnerability for XNU allowed code to be executed with kernel privileges. WebKit used "maliciously crafted web content" to execute code. And the CoreGraphics vulnerability worked by processing a malicious PDF file.

In fact, using these paths,attackers could gain administrator rights on your device and take over your personal data. It is not known how the vulnerabilities were actively exploited and how many devices were damaged.

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