Apple Releases iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1 to Fix Security Flaws

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Apple has launched iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 for appropriate iPhone and iPad fashions to patch two zero-day safety flaws in WebKit that allowed attackers to execute a malicious code on the not too long ago up to date gadgets. The identical safety flaws existed for Mac computer systems and Apple Watch fashions which have additionally acquired macOS Large Sur 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1 updates, respectively. The Cupertino firm has additionally launched iOS 12.5.Three for its older iPhone and iPad fashions to repair a complete of 4 WebKit-related safety points, together with the 2 zero-day flaws.

In line with the main points offered by way of a security post by Apple, iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 carry fixes for the 2 vulnerabilities that exist within the WebKit browser engine, which is supposed for rendering Internet content material in Safari, App Retailer, Mail, and different apps. The vulnerabilities are listed as CVE-2021-30663 and CVE-2021-30665.

Whereas the CVE-2021-30663 is described as an integer overflow drawback, the CVE-2021-30665 is a reminiscence corruption situation. Each vulnerabilities allowed attackers to execute a malicious code by way of specifically crafted Internet content material.

Apple stated that it was conscious of studies that each safety points may need been actively exploited. Customers are, subsequently, extremely really useful to obtain and set up the iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 updates on their gadgets.

The brand new updates additionally embody a repair for the App Monitoring Transparency prompts.

“This replace fixes a difficulty with App Monitoring Transparency the place some customers who beforehand disabled Enable Apps to Request to Observe in Settings could not obtain prompts from apps after re-enabling it,” the corporate stated within the replace description.

Along with iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1, Apple has launched macOS Large Sur 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1. These updates are additionally meant to repair the 2 zero-day vulnerabilities that the corporate has patched for newer iPhone and iPad fashions by way of the iOS and iPadOS updates.

Apple has additionally introduced iOS 12.5.Three for its older iPhone, iPad, and iPod contact fashions, particularly iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod contact (sixth era). It fixes the CVE-2021-30663 and CVE-2021-30665 vulnerabilities alongside two extra zero-day flaws affecting WebKit which might be recorded as CVE-2021-30666 and CVE-2021-30661.

The brand new safety updates come only a week after Apple released iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5, macOS Large Sur 11.3, watchOS 7.4, and tvOS 14.5 for appropriate gadgets. The corporate has additionally stopped signing iOS 14.4.2, which implies that customers will be unable to downgrade to the sooner iOS model from iOS 14.5 or iOS 14.5.1 if they’ve already up to date their Apple gadgets.

Easy methods to obtain iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS Large Sur 11.3.1, watchOS 7.4.1

The iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 may be downloaded by way of Settings > Common > Software program Updates on eligible iPhone and iPad fashions. For MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, and different Mac fashions, macOS Large Sur 11.3.1 may be downloaded by going into System Preferences > Software program Replace after clicking on the Apple menu icon from the top-left nook of your pc display screen. You may as well discover the most recent macOS replace by visiting the About This Mac setting from the Apple menu.

Apple Watch customers can obtain the watchOS 7.4.1 replace by going to the My Watch tab from the Watch app on their iPhones. The replace may also be downloaded instantly from the Apple Watch.


We dive into all issues Apple — iPad Professional, iMac, Apple TV 4K, and AirTag — this week on Orbital, the Devices 360 podcast. Orbital is out there on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts.

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