iPhones threatened: Apple acts and releases updates for older smartphones

iPhones threatened: Apple acts and releases updates for older smartphones

If you still use an older iPhone or iPad, you should install the iOS update published by Apple as soon as possible. Until then, the devices are considered to be threatened and, in the worst case, could be controlled externally.

Older iPhones and iPads are also still provided with security updates by Apple, even if they no longer have the latest operating system. Now the manufacturer is releasing such an update with iOS 12.5.5 (source: Apple).

Older iPhones and iPads receive an update to iOS 12.5.5

All users who still operate the following devices with iOS 12 can install the update: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPod touch (6th generation) . With the update, Apple is addressing various security gaps; as expected, there are no new features.

First and foremost, a gateway for the espionage software "Pegasus" will be closed . It is possible to gain control of the device using a "malicious" PDF file. In the worst case, text messages, phone calls and e-mails from users can be tapped and it is even possible to activate the camera and microphone unobserved. Apple became aware of this a little more than two weeks ago and initially hurriedly released an update (iOS 14.8) for all current devices, now the security update for older iPhones and iPads follows.

IOS 15 is only available for iPhone 6s and newer, not only because of the new features ( in the video ) is a hardware upgrade worthwhile:

Asked by secret services

Such security holes are known as "zero-day exploits". Neither the public nor the manufacturer knows them. Accordingly, they make the rounds among other things among secret services and are highly traded. In the specific case, it was found that the entrance gate had been actively used since February . If you want to protect yourself and your iPhone, you should install the update to iOS 12.5.5 as soon as possible - it can be found in the settings of the operating system (Settings -> General -> Software update).


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