A newly released set of security fixes from Apple is “recommended for all users”, which means that for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple Watch, it’s probably time for an update.
According to Apple, the patch will fix a security bug that left WebKit, the engine that powers Apple’s Safari browser, vulnerable to memory corruption. Once users visited a web page that contained the malicious code, attackers could exploit the vulnerability, which could then access the affected device and write malicious code on it.
If the security fixes are applied, users of iPhones and iPads to be update to iOS and iPadOS 14.4.1, watchOS users would be updated to 7.3.2 and macOS Big Sur would be updated to version 11.2.3.
Despite being reported by Google and Microsoft, the bugs are not believed to have been actively exploited, unlike the three separate zero-day security flaws. discovered in January. The three previous errors had has been “actively exploited,” Apple reported at the time, by hackers who found a way to chain all three vulnerabilities to access the underlying iPhone software.
Apple users can protect their devices by going to System preferences, Y then clicking Software update to check if one is available.