Rapid Security Response released for Apple products

Lewis Goor
Thursday 13 July 2023

A Rapid Security Response (RSR) has been released for various Apple products to mitigate a vulnerability which could leave systems open to cyber attacks. Use this guidance to learn more about the vulnerability, if you’re affected, and what you need to do. 

About these updates 

Apple have brought out security updates to patch a WebKit vulnerability across many of their devices – iOS and iPadOS as well as macOS Ventura and more.

The vulnerability which has been addressed is known as a zero-day, which means that the vulnerability was available to exploit without any patches to mitigate it. Apple have now released the RSR to fix the issue. These can be seen below.

Who is affected? 

These security updates are available on the following devices and applications: 

  • iPhone 8 and newer
  • iPad 5th generation and newer
  • iPad Air 3rd generation and newer
  • iPad mini 5th generation and newer
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • macOS Ventura
  • Safari (specifically for macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey)

This list is also available on Apple’s security updates page.

The names for the updates are as follows:

Rapid Security Response
iOS 16.5.1 (c) & iPadOS 16.5.1 (c)

Rapid Security Response
macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (c)

Safari 16.5.2

What you need to do 

Apple has released the above security updates to address a vulnerability. We have alerted those in an IT support role at the University who may have already been in touch. 

If you own any of the devices or use any of the applications listed above, update them as soon as possible. 

If your device was bought through your school, please discuss this with your Computing Officer. 

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