Apple yesterday released the new version of its operating system for smartphones, and it seems that iOS 14.4 came to fix three important vulnerabilities that would be actively exploited by hackers. Apple itself said on its security updates page that bugs on iPhones and iPads may have compromised the security of some users.
Despite the information, details on these security issues now resolved have not been advanced. It is also not known who would be right to exploit these bugs or who the potential victims are.
iOS 14.4 fixes Apple vulnerabilities
Apple did not say whether the attack targeted a small group of users or whether its size is larger.
The only thing that the Cupertino brand said was that it will keep the identity of the person who called their attention to the problem anonymous.
Two of the bugs were detected in WebKit, the engine that is at the base of Safari and the core of the operating system. Some exploits that have been successful in the past have taken advantage of interconnected vulnerabilities rather than isolated flaws.
Hackers tend to attack security problems in Internet browsers as a way to gain access to the operating system. Judging from the information, however scarce, it seems that this was exactly what happened in this case.
It is not at all common for Apple to admit these kinds of issues, as it takes great pride in the security of its devices. However it seems that its users may have even been victims of attacks without Apple having given a satisfaction or a way of taking precautions.
Apple does not usually admit security problems
In 2019 a group of Google security researchers detected a set of malicious websites that injected code into victims’ iPhones to gain access to the equipment.
Apple’s response turned out to be surprising, minimizing the potential risks to which its customers were exposed. Cupertino preferred to discredit Google’s findings, even though he quietly worked to mitigate the situation.
Last month, Citizen Lab found that dozens of journalists saw their iPhones under surveillance thanks to a vulnerability unknown until then. After an investigation it was discovered that it allowed the installation of software developed by a group based in Israel.
Apple advises the urgent and immediate installation of iOS 14.4 in order to prevent possible unwanted access.
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