Two days ago, Apple issued out an emergency update to patch a serious vulnerability found in its iOS, iPadOS, and watchOS respectively, and it’s high time you do the same by carrying out the update as soon as possible.
The patches that were rolled out are iOS 14.4.2, iPad OS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3, respectively to help combat a serious threat that was discovered recently by security analysts.
According to reports, the vulnerability was discovered by Google’s Threat Analysis Group and affects Apple’s WebKit browser engine. The reason for the emergency update is because Apple claims that the vulnerability is being actively exploited.
How the vulnerability is being exploited wasn’t mentioned by Apple and therefore, the details aren’t clear. However, the tech company made its claims clear that vulnerability was being exploited by malicious parties in realtime and had to be fixed asap.
Details from Apple are limited, but such vulnerabilities could be used to carry out malicious actions such as directing users to phishing sites.
Apple launches an emergency update to fix a serious vulnerability
Underlining the seriousness of this vulnerability is the fact that the company has pushed out iOS 12.5.2 for older devices — iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation).
“For our customers’ protection, Apple doesn’t disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available”, says their support page.
Given the way Apple has handled the issue, it is a clear sign that anyone who has their devices should install the patch immediately. To do so, on the iPhone and iPad, go directly to Settings and head over to General > Software Update. For the Apple Watch, go into the Apple Watch app to install the update.
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.