Mere weeks following the release of iOS 15.3, Apple has issued another update, and this time it’s urging users to find time to update their phones.
According to Apple, the latest software update — known officially as iOS 15.3.1 — is a particularly important one due to the fact that it was issued to fix a security flaw that was uncovered following the release of 15.3 earlier this month.
As ZDNet reports, while Apple was light on the details regarding the exact nature of the security flaw, the tech giant did reveal enough to suggest it is serious enough that it could potentially leading to malicious code being executed by iOS users simply by opening a web page on the company’s native Apple Safari browser.
The bug reportedly also affects Apple’s macOS because it targets WebKit, the browser engine for Safari, which is why Apple released macOS Monterey 12.2.1 recently to address this issue.
iOS 15.3.1 is available for a wide range of Apple products that use Safari, including iPhone 6’s and later, the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch 7th generation.
Releasing multiple OS updates in close succession to patch security flaws is fairly common practice for Apple, as the privacy and security of its users is a major emphasis in many of its marketing campaigns, especially in the promotion of its iPhones.
In July of 2021 Apple was even quicker to release the crucial update iOS 14.7.1 just a few days following the release of 14.7 in order to deliver a security fix for a biometric authentication-related bug that prevented Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint biometric authentication system from unlocking paired Apple Watches.