If this did not happen automatically, you should immediately update your iPhone to iOS 14.4, or your iPad to iPadOS 14.4. This is because these updates contain fixes for three security bugs that Apple has identified on these operating systems.
In addition, updating your device in order to install these patches is all the more important, since it is possible that the vulnerabilities identified by Apple are already exploited by malicious actors.
Problems with the kernel and WebKit
In a document concerning these security updates, Apple mentions a flaw in the kernel. “A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this problem may have been actively exploited ”, indicates the Cupertino company.
The other two flaws concern WebKit, the technology used by the Safari browser. “A remote attacker may be able to cause arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited », we read in the note from Apple.
The update to iOS 14.4 or iPadOS 14.4, which fixes these security issues, is available for the following models: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation ).
Even on Apple’s platforms, there may be flaws
At the moment, probably as a precaution, Apple doesn’t give much details about these three security bugs. Nevertheless, the firm indicates that it will say more soon.
In order to distinguish its products from those of competing brands, Apple regularly touts the level of privacy protection, as well as the security of the iPhone. But as we can see today, even the Cupertino company is not immune to security breaches. And unfortunately, sometimes these issues are not identified by researchers sooner, before they are used by malicious actors.
Like many digital players, Apple offers a bug bounty program, which allows researchers to earn bonuses when they discover a flaw and alert the firm.