The new security update does not bring any major changes, but it shouldn’t be ignored as it fixes many bugs. This is to encourage users to update this newest one, though, since Apple’s latest software is critical to the security of your iPhone and iPad.
On Monday, October 11, Apple released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 to compatible iPhones and iPads. At first glimpse, the update looked to be a simple surface upgrade for the gadget. After all, no significant update has the “0.2” shows that it’s not any major overall system update but it is to fix small bugs that users might have come across.
However, Apple later confirmed that this new update was far more valuable than it suggests. While there are no new emoji to be discovered, nor does SharePlay make its long-awaited iOS 15 appearances, 15.0.2 does include a crucial security fix for iPhones and iPads.
The update addresses a memory corruption problem that was fixed by better memory management. The vulnerability, CVE-2021-30883, is assigned to an anonymous researcher. The iOS 15.0.2 update also tells a number of additional issues with the iPhone. For one thing, it fixes the problem in which Photos saved to one’s collection via Messages were erased after deleting the relevant thread or message. A lot of Apple customers have experienced this problem. It also resolves a problem in which the iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe was unable to connect to the Find My network. With the newest upgrades, the issue of device restoration or update failing while using Finder or iTunes has also been resolved.
Apple says that it was made aware of a zero-day issue on iOS and iPadOS that may allow malicious artists to run arbitrary code with kernel privileges via an app. This makes the device vulnerable to pry into the data of the user, probably exposing their device to harmful activities.
According to Apple, it’s likely possible that this security issue has already been exploited, making applying the fix on your iPhone even more difficult.
All iPhones and iPad running iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 may be updated to 15.0.2. This covers the iPhone 6s and after, all models of iPad Pro the iPad Air 2 and later, the iPad 5th generation and later, the iPad mini 4 and later, and the 7th generation of iPod touch. However, if the smartphone is too old to run iOS 15, keep an eye on the software updates; if Apple discovers that this security defect affects iOS 12 devices as well, it will issue a special fix.
Interestingly, no fix for iOS 14.8 appears to have been provided by Apple. The company allows iPhones and iPads to remain on the most recent version of iOS 14, while still receiving security updates. Because iOS 14.8 devices haven’t gotten this fix, it stands to reason that the issue only affects devices running 15.0 or 15.0.1. However, if you’re using iOS 14.8, keep a watch out for any security updates that Apple may issue.
Apple makes it simple to update your iPhone or iPad to the most recent software version: Simply launch the Settings app and navigate to General > Software Update.