Apple has urged iPhone owners to update to iOS 14.4.2 as soon as possible due to security issues.
According to Forbes, Apple released the patch “to fix a vulnerability that has already been abused by attackers.”
The security update in iOS 14.4.2 “fixes a flaw in Apple’s WebKit browser engine,” according to the publication, which has already been “actively exploited.”
Users of devices running versions prior to 14.4.2 could be susceptible to the security bug, according to the report, and attackers may already have access to information that they can use to hack other Apple devices.
Apple has taken the threat so seriously that it has released iOS 12.5.2 for users of older devices, allowing those with iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, and older iPads to upgrade their iOS 12 operating systems.
The vulnerability addressed by the update, according to Forbes, “could allow a malicious website to perform arbitrary cross-site scripting.”
“Cross-site scripting gives attackers several ways to target you,” says SME application security lead at Immersive Labs.
“This may involve sending you to a phishing or malicious website, acting on your behalf on a website, or even stealing information from your browsing session.” Since this is in WebKit, it could affect any site you visit, as well as several apps,” he said.
Don’t wait to update
Users should not wait to upgrade their iOS because of bugs in earlier versions, according to the publication; instead, this update is mostly about security and should be downloaded right away.
Users will be protected from malicious attacks as a result of the switch.
New features like App Monitoring Transparency, which is supposed to hurt apps like Facebook that monitor user behaviour through apps and services, will be included in the next update, iOS 14.5, due in April.
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