Apple protects old iPhones and iPads

Are you using an iPhone 5s, 6 or 6 Plus? Update iOS immediately. Apple is filling a security hole affecting Safari with version 12.5.7 of its system. Other devices are also affected.

Apple updates devices that are ten years old! The iPhone 5s (2013), iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (2014) can now receive an update to iOS 12.5.7. An original approach, but which should be saluted salute for devices displaying up to ten years of good and loyal service on the meter… and which still work. You can even still find refurbished 6 Plus sold for nearly 200 euros all the same! Apple therefore does not abandon its old devices and continues to ensure their security. This update to iOS 12.5.7 does not add any new features. It fills a security hole affecting its Safari browser and more particularly the Webkit page rendering engine. Thus, a web page containing malicious code can allow a hacker to access the content of the device. “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to the execution of arbitrary code. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited on versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1“, can we read on the support page of the firm.

iOS 12.5.7: other devices affected by the security breach

The iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are not the only old devices susceptible to this security flaw which affects versions of the system prior to iOS 15.1. Apple also offers to update iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPod Touch (6th generation). Note that last December, more recent versions of iOS had also been corrected to fill this same security flaw. iOS 15.7.2 has been rolled out to iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE (first generation), iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad 5e generation, iPad mini 4 and iPod Touch 7e generation. iOS 16, the latest major version of Apple’s mobile OS present on the most recent devices (from iPhone SE (second generation) and iPhone 8 and up to iPhone 14 Pro Max, was also patched last December for this issue, with the latest available update being the 16.3 proposed since January 23, 2023.

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