Apple has just issued iOS 14.5.1, an urgent security update that it recommends all users should install now.
Apple’s iOS 14.5 has only been out a week, but the iPhone maker has just issued an important warning that all users should update now to iOS 14.5.1. This is because iOS 14.5.1 fixes several big security issues, which may have been actively exploited by malicious adversaries.
That means that criminals may have been using the security vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 14.5.1 to attack iPhones. “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users,” Apple says.
The fixes in iOS 14.5.1 are the latest in multiple emergency security updates released by Apple so far this year. Like many of the four other fixes, iOS 14.5.1 patches issues in the WebKit browser engine, which means interacting with malicious web content could lead to arbitrary code execution. Both flaws may have already been exploited, Apple confirmed.
Apple deems the issues so serious that it has also issued an urgent security update, fixing even more vulnerabilities, for older iPhones and iPads—iOS.12.5.3.
In addition, iOS 14.5.1 fixes a bug that was causing its new App Tracking Transparency feature to not work for a subset of users. Apple says: “This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it.”
Update now to iOS 14.5.1
Yes, there have been lots of iPhone updates recently, but that does not mean you should wait to upgrade to iOS 14.5.1. Sean Wright, SME application security lead at Immersive Labs advises all users to “update, update and update.”
“This is being actively exploited, hence the need to update sooner rather than later,” he says, adding that the fact there is an update for older iPhones via iOS 12.5.3 “illustrates how severe this vulnerability is.”
It doesn’t take long: Check your iPhone now and update to iOS 14.5.1.