Here's why you need to update your iPhone to iOS 14.5 right away
Over the past 24 hours, we’ve extensively covered the iOS 14.5 update released by Apple last night, documenting various features and showing you how to use them. From new emoji to unlocking with FaceID while wearing a mask and from App Tracking Transparency to updated system apps, there are many reasons to upgrade to iOS 14.5 — but let’s take a look at the real reason you should quickly hit that update button.
The highly anticipated release of iOS 14.5 brings along security fixes for at least 50 documented security vulnerabilities for iPhone and iPad, according to a report by security researcher Ryan Naraine. One of the patches included in the update fixes a WebKit browser engine security flaw that could have already been misused by attackers, according to Apple.
We had reported in March that the Cupertino company had rushed out a quick security update in the form of iOS 14.4.2 to fix other bugs with the WebKit browser engine, while it continued to work on the stable iOS 14.5 release. At the time, we had recommended users update to the latest version as soon as possible.
Get off Twitter and patch your Apple things pic.twitter.com/h7sapo4DYL— Ryan Naraine (@ryanaraine) April 26, 2021
The report also states that the most dangerous of these flaws was a “use-after-free memory corruption bug in the browser engine used by Apple. “Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited,” the company’s security advisory says.
If it is device stability you are worried about, you can rest assured that the update to iOS 14.5 is as stable as it gets. Given the number of changes added to the update, Apple released eight beta versions for testers and developers to find bugs or odd behaviour before finally issuing the update on Monday. So far, there have been hardly any reports of the update causing issues on users iPhones if they’re upgrading from iOS 14.3 or iOS 14.4 so you might as well install the update right away after you take a device backup.