Apple has released iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 to all users with a fix for a WebKit security flaw, which could allow hackers to run code on the device.
What’s new in iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1?
As per details shared by Apple, specifically crafted web content could allow code to be executed on the device, which could be used for malicious purposes. Apple fixed this memory corruption issue by improving validation in WebKit. The flaw was identified and reported by two security researchers from Google and Microsoft.
Here are the details of the WebKit fix as per the security contents of the iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 posted by Apple:
Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved validation.
CVE-2021-1844: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group, Alison Huffman of Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research
The last time a security flaw was found and fixed by Apple, a jailbreak was released for iOS 14.3. We have yet to see if this flaw in iOS 14.4 could lead to another jailbreak update.
Apple also released macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 and watchOS 7.3.2 with the same fix for WebKit.
Can your iPhone or iPad be upgraded to iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1?
If your iOS device is already running iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, you can easily upgrade without any issues. If you had not upgraded to iOS 14 yet, make sure that you do so you can take advantage of the latest features and security fixes available in the update.
iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1 support the following devices:
- iPhone 6s and later
- iPad Air 2 and later
- iPad mini 4 and later
- iPod touch (7th generation)
How to download iOS 14.4.1 and iPadOS 14.4.1?
These software updates for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch are available as over-the-air updates, which means that you can simply go to Settings > General > Software Update on your device to download and install them. Make sure that you are connected to a Wi-Fi network and your device is charged to at least 50% battery capacity before starting the update.
You can also connect your device to your Mac or Windows PC, launch Finder (macOS) or iTunes (Windows), and download and install the new update.