Apple pushes iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to supported devices

Apple's 2020 iPad Air.
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Samuel Axon

In the present day, Apple started rolling out iOS 14.four.2, iPadOS 14.four.2, and watchOS 7.three.three, and the corporate issued an advisory to customers to improve as quickly as doable. Like iOS/iPadOS 14.four.1 earlier than it, this replace addresses a safety flaw.

Moreover, Apple launched an analogous safety replace—12.5.2—for older gadgets just like the iPhone 5S or 6 that can’t run iOS 14.

The discharge notes for iOS 14.four.2 and iPadOS 14.four.2 are minimal, merely stating:

This replace gives vital safety updates and is advisable for all customers.

For info on the safety content material of Apple software program updates, please go to the web site: https://help.apple.com/kb/HT201222

It is that safety hyperlink that incorporates the real information. Here is what Apple’s safety help web page says:

WebKit

Obtainable for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Professional (all fashions), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth technology and later, iPad mini four and later, and iPod contact (seventh technology)

Affect: Processing maliciously crafted internet content material might result in common cross website scripting. Apple is conscious of a report that this situation might have been actively exploited.

Description: This situation was addressed by improved administration of object lifetimes.

CVE-2021-1879: Clement Lecigne of Google Menace Evaluation Group and Billy Leonard of Google Menace Evaluation Group

The identical goes for the watchOS replace. All 4 software program updates (iOS 14.four.2, iPadOs 14.four.2, iOS 12.5.2, and watchOS 7.three.three) ought to already be accessible to all customers of supported gadgets proper now. That is the second replace for the reason that launch of iOS/iPadOS 14.four and watchOS 7.three in late January.

The replace instantly previous this one was additionally an pressing repair for a safety vulnerability.

iOS 14.four was a characteristic replace, not only a safety replace or bug repair one, however the options added had been comparatively modest. They included the power for the digital camera to learn smaller QR codes than earlier than, an choice to manually classify Bluetooth gadgets to make sure desired habits, and notifications to let customers know if the digital camera is “unable to be verified as a brand new, real Apple digital camera.”