India’s official IT security body CERT-In (Indian Computer Emergency Response Team) has asked iPad and iPhone users to immediately update their devices to the latest iOS and iPadOS software. These updates – iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 were released by Cupertino last week, aimed at fixing some critical bugs in the previous version.
A memory corruption bug has been fixed in the update. And the government of this bug had said that cyber criminals were taking advantage of it. Warning users, CERT-In said that if the perpetrator managed to exploit this bug, he could enter an arbitrary code and take advantage of the targeted device.
Affects all models of iPhones
Accordingly, the organization has issued a security alert for all iPhone and iPad users and asked them to update the system. The bug is affecting all models of iPhones, including 6s and later, all models of iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad fifth-gen and later devices. Apart from these, macOS Big Sur devices with iPad Mini 4 and later models, iPod Touch (7th-gen) have also been affected. The macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 update also has a solution.
CERT-In said that if the device is not updated, then cyber criminals will be able to take advantage of the loophole to access the device with the help of fraudulent code. The bug is due to memory corruption in iOS and iPadOS’ IOMobileFrameBuffer. The cyber security body said that criminals can take advantage of this with the help of a fake application.
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The update can be installed on iPhones and iPads by going to Settings and then the General tab. In this, users have to go to the Software Updates tab and manually check the update they want to install. Meanwhile, Mac users can go to System Preferences in the menu and click on Software Update.