Update Your Apple Devices to iOS 14.7.1 Now

By Glendin Franklin-Browne | July 28, 2021

Update to iOS 14.7.1 now

On July 26, Apple unexpectedly released security updates for iPhones, iPads and Macs to fix a single zero-day flaw that's being used to attack devices. 

According to Apple the vulnerability was was identified and reported to them“by an anonymous researcher” and goes only by the name of  CVE-2021-30807. 

 

What is the security risk?

The flaw is reported to be in the IOMobileFrameBuffer, which controls how an application manager manages a device's display. Apple says the vulnerability makes it possible for "an application... to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges."

Put simply, this means that an app already downloaded on a Mac, iPhone or iPad, such as malware pretending to be an inactive app, could use the vulnerability to take control of the entire device.

British security software company, Sophos reports that "this sort of bug frequently leads to DoS, or denial of service attacks, where a malicious program can deliberately crash the device at will."

iOS 14.7.1Source: Apple Support 

 

How to update to iOS 14.7.1

If you haven't already, we recommend updating to iOS 14.7.1, iPad OS 14.7.1 and macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 as soon as possible.

You can check for updates by following the below:

  • On an iPad or iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you are using iOS 14, you want 14.7.1.
  • On a MacBook laptop or a desktop Mac. Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > Software Update. If you are using macOS Big Sur 11, you want 11.5.1.
  • An additional patch, watchOS 7.6.1, has been issued to extend this fix to Apple watches.

 

How Diamond IT can support your organisation

If you need support ensuring your security is up to date and fit for purpose, our Business Technology Managers (BTMs) and Business Technology Consulting team are specialists in improving your internal cybersecurity and are ready to speak with you. Contact our team on 1300 307 907 today.

 

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About Glendin Franklin-Browne
Glendin Franklin-Browne

Glendin Franklin-Browne is Diamond IT's Business Technology Consulting Manager, and a practical cybersecurity specialist who is passionate about partnering with businesses to elevate their technology and cybersecurity strategy. With a diverse career in the technology industry spanning more than 25 years, Glendin is passionate about working with forward-thinking business leaders to create strategic technology roadmaps, improve cybersecurity posture and increase productivity.