Urgent update for iPhone, iPad and Mac: iOS 14.7.1

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Just last week iOS 14.7 arrived, the most recent -and perhaps the last- version of the current Apple operating system for its iPhones before iOS 15. An update that Apple advised to install, because it not only brings news and new functions, but also the correction of various bugs and vulnerabilities, up to 37 only on the iPhone.

In fact, Apple also released patches for its iPads and other devices such as Mac computers and laptops. Among others, iOS 14.7 also solves a known problem where joining a malicious Wi-Fi network can cause, among others:

– The execution of arbitrary code

– Get root privileges

– Closing applications

– Cause a denial of service

But just a week later, Apple has been forced to release an emergency update, as it appears that there was a vulnerability that was not corrected.

iOS 14.7.1

According to Apple’s official notes, “IOS 14.7.1 fixes an issue where iPhone models with Touch ID could not unlock a paired Apple Watch using the” Unlock with iPhone “feature. All users are recommended to install this update, as it also includes important security updates ”.

Security updates to correct what INCIBE, the National Cybersecurity Institute, describe how a vulnerability that “it could allow the execution of arbitrary code and it is possible that it is being exploited ”.

Going into more details, Apple has correcteda zero-day security breach that affects an extension of the kernel of some of their operating systems, which allows to control how the memory of a device handles the display of the screen”. This security flaw could allow a malicious application to execute arbitrary code execution with kernel privileges on unpatched devices.

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  • iPhone 6s and later a iOS 14.7.1
  • All iPad Pro models to iPadOS 14.7.1
  • iPad Air 2 and later to iPadOS 14.7.1
  • iPad 5th generation and later to iPadOS 14.7.1
  • iPad mini 4 and later to iPadOS 14.7.1
  • iPod touch 7th generation to iPadOS 14.7.1
  • And also the Mac, MacBook and iMac computers to macOS Big Sur at 11.5.1

Therefore, it is recommended that you upgrade the following devices to these OSs:

Update iPhone or iPad

If you have automatic updates enabled, your devices will update without doing anything. To turn on automatic updates, go to Settings> General> Software update> Customize automatic updates and then activate ‘Install iOS updates’.

Actualizar MacBook, Mac Pro o iMac

  1. Choose ‘System preferences’ in the Apple menu, and then click ‘Software update’ to check for available updates.
  2. If updates are available, click the ‘buttonUpdate now ‘to install them or in’ More information ‘to see details about each update and select which ones will be installed. You may have to enter the administrator password.
  3. When the software update tells you that your Mac is up to date, the installed version of macOS and all its apps will also be up to date. This includes Safari, Music, Photos, Books, Messages, Mail, Calendar and FaceTime.
  4. To automatically install future updates, including for apps obtained from the App Store, select ‘Keep your Mac up to date automatically’. Your Mac will notify you when updates require a restart, so you can decide if you want to install them later.

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