What you need to know: A major security flaw has been identified by Apple but the tech company does not want to release the exact issue for fear of tipping off hackers before updates are made. iOS 14.4.2 has recently been released for all iOS 13 compatible devices that addresses the urgent security risk to iPhones (6S and newer) and iPads.
Apple has released an urgent security update for iOS 14.4.2, which addresses a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to take control of affected devices. The update is available now for all iOS devices.
The vulnerability, which is tracked as CVE-2021-28799, is a zero-day exploit, meaning that it was actively exploited by attackers before Apple released a fix. Apple says that it is aware of reports that the vulnerability has been used to target a small number of iPhones.
The update fixes the vulnerability by preventing malicious websites from loading arbitrary code on affected devices. Apple is urging all users to install the update as soon as possible.
To install the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If the update is available, you will see a red notification badge next to the Software Update section. Tap on the badge and then tap on Download and Install. Once the update has downloaded, your device will restart and install the update.
Here are some additional details about the update:
- The update is available for all iOS devices running iOS 14.4 or later.
- The update is also available for iPadOS 14.4 or later and macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 or later.
- The update can be installed over-the-air or through a computer using iTunes.
- The update is approximately 100MB in size.
For more information about the update, please visit Apple's support website.