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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.4.2, minor security updates that come close to three weeks after the release of iOS/iPadOS 14.4.1 and more than a month after the iOS/iPadOS 14.4 updates.


The iOS and iPadOS 14.4.2 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, the software provides an important security fixes and should be installed by all users. A security support document says that the update fixes a vulnerability that was actively exploited.
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to universal cross site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Apple has fixed the issue by improved management of object lifetimes.

Apple has also released iOS and iPadOS 12.5.2, security updates that are available for older devices.

Article Link: Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 14.4.2 to Fix Actively Exploited Security Vulnerability
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macrumors 603
Feb 5, 2009
Trust me, it's not ready. Seeing this 14.4.2 makes me think there will likely be a 14.5B6 next week, if not sooner.
I think that makes sense. If there is any sort of Apple event or pre-recorded presentation, it seems like it's coming not before the week of 4/5 (just my speculation based on no press release from Apple). That means B6 next week and maybe RC/final week of event.
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Mar 24, 2015
Just picked up the OTA on my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Very interesting in seeing 2 hot fixes rolled out. Wonder if the holdup on the 14.5 RC was to back this hot fix in and test everything again? (And to those that joke "oh, they couldn't do it at the same time?", lets remember back in iOS 13 when the team forgot to bake a hot fix security issue in and all of a sudden, the OS was breakable again.


macrumors regular
Sep 16, 2016
Trust me, it's not ready. Seeing this 14.4.2 makes me think there will likely be a 14.5B6 next week, if not sooner.
I'll be honest, 14.5 beta 5 was not just nor ready, but behaving weirdly as well.

Initially after the update, apps that were launch would freeze and snap back to main screen. It was not until the second attempt in opening the same apps that the issue was resolved.

Very odd behavior considering this is beta 5 really :confused:


macrumors 65816
Oct 8, 2016
What would Apple do without Google fixing all their security vulnerabilities?

"CVE-2021-1879: Clement Lecigne of Google Threat Analysis Group and Billy Leonard of Google Threat Analysis Group".

For real, there have been so many iOS vulnerabilities discovered and reported by Google lately. So much for the walled garden, for the safe and private OS.
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