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Apple has just released iOS 14.5, along with security fixes for a whopping 50 vulnerabilities, one of which is already being used to attack iPhones. 

Apple’s iOS 14.5 has just been released, along with a whopping 50 security fixes—one of which is already being actively exploited. The fixes in iOS 14.5 are the fourth major security update released by Apple since the start of the year and certainly the heftiest in terms of volume.

The vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 14.5 include an issue with WebKit Storage, where processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution, according to an Apple support document. Apple says this vulnerability, labelled CVE-2021-30661 “may have been actively exploited.”

That means malicious hackers may have already got their hands on the details, and could be using them to attack iPhones. 

Apple doesn’t release details of iOS security vulnerabilities, to give people the chance to update their iPhones before criminals get hold of the specifics. You may be considering holding off upgrading to iOS 14.5 until any bugs are ironed out, but that’s a bad idea, especially when this many security issues exist in iOS 14.4.2, the older iOS version.

Why you should update now to iOS 14.5

With this in mind, it’s important to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 as soon as possible, security experts say. “There are quite a few vulnerabilities, and some of them are remote code execution (RCE), meaning an attacker would be able to execute commands on your device, effectively having full control over your iPhone—this is especially possible if they chain some of the vulnerabilities together to achieve it,” says Sean Wright, SME application security lead at Immersive Labs. 

There are also vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 14.5 which could allow an attacker to read sensitive data on your device, again chaining vulnerabilities together, Wright says. He advises users not to panic, but to update “as soon as you can.”

The iOS 14.5 security updates come alongside Apple’s biggest mid cycle operating system ever, which includes new anti-tracking privacy technology and the ability to open your iPhone more easily when wearing a mask.



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