If you used an early version of the upgrade files for 1.5.16 (not the full release) you may have incorrect file permissions of 775 instead of 664 for your files. This was do to an error in the automatic packaging of those files.
To resolve, the simplest solution is to overwrite your installation with the full package.
As always, if you have made any changes to core files, back them up before starting.
How to do this will depend on how you usually install, but for example:
Another technique is to:
## UPDATE ##
As verified in previous releases, this has always been the way the update packages are released. This has never caused any issues in previous releases and we are confident it won't be the case now.
So, if you see it as a major issue, nothing stops you from taking the steps listed above, but we, at the JBS, are confident that this is a small issue with no impact on existing sites.
The update patches are once again available for download at