If you have an Apple device like an iPhone or an iPad, you should make sure that you update your software to iOS 14.4.2 as soon as possible. The update includes a patch for a vulnerability that is currently being exploited by hackers.
As reported by ClearTips, this update is intended to protect against zero-day vulnerabilities discovered by security researchers working on Google’s Project Zero.
The update, which was released on Friday, March 26, as detailed on the Apple website, includes a fix for an issue in WebKit. WebKit is the engine used by Apple’s browser Safari. However, the vulnerability does not apply only to those who use Safari as their browser. Even if you use another browser, your device is still insecure until this issue is patched.
Apple describes the problem on its website as follows: “Processing maliciously crafted web content can lead to universal cross-site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that the issue may be actively used. “
The phrase “actively exploited” means that hackers may currently use this vulnerability in some way, although Apple does not provide any details about how widespread the attacks may be, who is responsible for them, or How serious they are.
In any case, it is a good idea to make sure that you have not stopped updating your Apple devices and that you have updated to iOS 14.4.2 or iPadOS 14.4.2.
For those using older Apple devices, there is an equivalent update to iOS which is iOS 12.5.2. There is also an update for Apple Watch, which has watchOS 7.3.3.
Most Apple devices should be automatically updated until you have disabled automatic updates. As annoying as an update can be, it is worth keeping automatic updates to ensure that you are protected from this type of issue.