iOS 14.4 has been released. Fixes two serious security vulnerabilities

Apple released new versions of software for all its devices last night. iOS 14.4, iPad OS 14.4 are the most important and should be installed immediately on all compatible devices. Apple says it has fixed major security issues in new versions of its mobile operating systems, eliminating some serious vulnerabilities that are actively used by hackers.

iOS 14.4 fixes important security vulnerabilities

These are two vulnerabilities found in applications and the WebKit browser engine. In the case of applications, it seems that it is possible for older versions of iOS for a malicious application to increase its privileges, ie to be able to modify other parts of the operating system than it generally has access to the regular sandbox. In case of WebKit vulnerability, it seems that using this breach, a malicious site can execute code on the target device. Thus, it could access the data stored on the device or it could run other activities in the background without the user knowing.

Of course, security updates aren’t the only ones Apple brings to iOS 14.4. We are also dealing with a number of improvements to the user experience, especially for Bluetooth and reading smaller QR codes, plus resolving issues with HDR photos, displaying the keyboard in the Messages app, and resolving an issue with the widget for Fitness.

However, this update also adds an error message for the iPhone 12 models. As it did before with the batteries and the screen, Apple introduced a software limitation for changing the camera on these phones. Thus, if you change the camera to an unauthorized service, an error message will now appear. Apple only allows the installation of original components and only in authorized services.

Here is the full list of improvements from iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4

iOS 14.4
iOS 14.4 includes the following improvements for the iPhone:

The camera can recognize smaller QR codes
Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings to correctly identify headphones for audio notifications
Notifications in case the iPhone’s camera can’t be confirmed as a new, original Apple camera for iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max
In addition, this update fixes the following issues:

Image artifacts could appear in HDR photos taken with the iPhone 12 Pro

The Fitness widget may not display updated Activity data
Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not be displayed on the keyboard
The keyboard may not be displayed in the correct language in Messages
Enabling “Switch Control” in Accessibility may prevent phone calls from being picked up from the lock screen
iPadOS 14.4
iPadOS 14.4 includes the following iPad enhancements:

The camera can recognize smaller QR codes

Option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings to correctly identify headphones for audio notifications
In addition, this update fixes the following issues:

Typing may be delayed and word suggestions may not be displayed on the keyboard
The keyboard may not be displayed in the correct language in Messages
Of course, iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 are compatible with all devices that received access to iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 in the fall:

Here is the complete list of iPhones that receive the update to iOS 14.4

iPhone 12
iPhone 12 Mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
Phone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone X
iPhone 8
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (first generation, 2016)
iPhone SE (second generation, 2020)
iPod touch (7th generation)
Complete list of iPads receiving updates to iPadOS 14.4
12.9-inch iPad Pro (fourth generation)
11-inch iPad Pro (second generation)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (third generation)
11-inch iPad Pro (first generation)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (second generation)
12.9-inch iPad Pro (first generation)
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad (eighth generation)
iPad (seventh generation)
iPad (sixth generation)
iPad (fifth generation)
iPad mini (fifth generation)
iPad mini 4
iPad Air (fourth generation)
iPad Air (third generation)
iPad Air 2

Andrew Vincent
Andrew is half-human, half-gamer. He's also a science fiction author writing for BleeBot.
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