What you need to know
- There's is a new version of iOS 14 you should definitely install on your iPhone.
- That's because Apple says there is a security issue that may have been "actively exploited".
A new version of iOS 14 is the second such update in recent weeks that you should definitely not wait to install.
Released Friday, iOS 14.4.2 for iPhone and iPadOS 14.4.2 come with a major security fix. As detailed by Apple:
Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: This issue was addressed by improved management of object lifetimes.
CVE-2021-1879: Clement Lecigne of Google Threat Analysis Group and Billy Leonard of Google Threat Analysis Group
The report sounds similar to a recent iOS 14 update from Apple that came "recommended to all users"' as it fixed a security flaw in iOS 14. However, in that instance it was stated there were no known instances of the bug being exploited by anyone, that isn't the case here. As the report notes Apple says it is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited, meaning users could be at real risk if they don't update their software.
Many of you using an iPhone or iPad will likely have automatic updates in place, meaning there isn't anything for you to do at this stage. However, if you don't know if this is the case, or you'd like to manually install the software earlier, our guides to doing so are below.
- How to download and install iOS 14.4.2 on your iPhone
- How to download and install iPadOS 14.4.2 on your iPad
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