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Apple rolls out iOS 14.5.1 security update: Fixes two critical vulnerabilities

Apple has rolled out an important security update for iPhone, iPad, WatchOS and Macbook, namely iOS 14.5.1, iPad OS 14.5.1, iOS 12.5.3, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1.

According to the release notes, the latest security update fixes two WebKit issues (CVE-2021-30665 and CVE-2021-30663) that potentially allowed “arbitrary code execution”. Apple is aware that the vulnerabilities might’ve been actively exploited.

The latest iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 updates will be available for iPhone 6s and newer, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and newer, 5th-gen iPad and newer, iPad mini 4 and newer, and 7th-gen iPod Touch.

iOS 12.5.3 security update

Apple also found four security vulnerabilities in the WebKit that may have been actively exploited on devices running iOS 12 (CVE-2021-30666, CVE-2021-30665, CVE-2021-30663 and CVE-2021-30661). The company has rolled out a security update (iOS 12.5.3) for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and 6th-gen iPod Touch.

MacOS Big Sur 13.3.1 security update

The same two vulnerabilities that allowed arbitrary code execution in iOS 14 devices were also found in macOS Big Sur, and Apple has released Big Sur 13.3.1 for a security patch.

WatchOS 7.4.1

One of the vulnerabilities plaguing iOS 14 devices (CVE-2021-30665) was also found on Apple Watch OS, and watchOS 7.4.1 update has been rolled out for Apple Watch Series 3 and newer.

It’s recommended that you backup your data before updating. To update, go to the Settings app, head over to General, tap on Software Update on the next window and once your supported device is done searching for the update, you’ll find Download and Install at the bottom of the display. Tap on it and your iOS device will start updating. 

Also, remember to charge your device completely before updating or update while charging the device to ensure that the update doesn’t get hindered.

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