Apple rolls out firmware files for new-generation iPad models with cellular features
Apple has released the official iOS 6.0.1 IPSW files for cellular versions of the iPad mini and iPad (4th-generation). Labeled as build 10A8426, iOS 6.0.1 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch players.Released after the debut of the iPad mini and the fourth-generation iPad with Retina display, iOS 6.0.1 contains improvements and bug fixes.
Most of the bugs squashed in the update target the iPhone, such as one that prevents iPhone 5 handsets from installing software updates over the air.
However, there are a few fixes that seem to target all iDevices, including iPads and iPod touch players.
Per Apple’s documentation, iOS 6.0.1 consolidates the Use Cellular Data switch for iTunes Match, fixes a Passcode Lock issue which sometimes allowed access to Passbook pass details from the lock screen, and corrects an error affecting Exchange meetings.
Several vulnerabilities are also patched. Four security bugs affecting Kernel, Passcode Lock, and WebKit are detailed in Apple’s advisory – “About the security content of iOS 6.0.1 Software Update.”
For example, Apple confirms that “an information disclosure issue existed in the handling of APIs related to kernel extensions.”
“Responses containing an OSBundleMachOHeaders key may have included kernel addresses, which may aid in bypassing address space layout randomization protection,” the advisory adds.
This vulnerability could allow maliciously crafted or compromised iOS applications to determine addresses in the kernel.
Discovered by Mark Dowd of Azimuth Security, Eric Monti of Square, and other anonymous researchers, the issue has been addressed “by unsliding the addresses before returning them,” according to the Cupertino giant.
iOS 6.0.1 is also available to owners of an iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, and iPod touch (4th generation).
To download the iOS 6.0.1 software update for your new-generation iPad, use the link below. Depending on your device model, your resulted download file should be one of the four listed here.
Download iOS 6.0.1 for iPad mini and iPad 4 (Free)