Another small iPhone update is rushed to fix a security flaw

Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Apple hastily released a pair of software updates for iPhone and iPad to fix a security flaw that may have already been exploited by bad actors.

The updates, iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1, fix only one issue, which is unusual because Apple often bundles multiple bug and vulnerability fixes into each update. This suggests that the flaw is serious enough that Apple is rushing to find a fix.

Indeed, the support page for updates reveals that “Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”, which is a rare assertion from the company that a vulnerability is not just theoretical, but possibly already exploited.

If this rush to update your iPhones and iPads to fix security flaws sounds familiar, it’s because Apple just did a few weeks ago with iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3. To the best of our knowledge, this new security update fixes various exploits that the previous patch was supposed to fix.

Read more: iOS 15: What’s in Apple’s latest iPhone operating system and its updates

As with all software updates from Apple, these security patches are free and available for all modern devices that can download iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. These are iPhone 6s and later versions. later, as well as iPod Touch (7th generation) for iOS. update, and iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 4 and later for iPadOS update.

It’s easy to update your compatible iPhone or iPad: Just open the Settings app and go to General > Software update.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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