iOS 17.4.1: The Update Should Address These Major Security Issues

18/04/2024

Apple released iOS 17.4.1 on March 21, more than two weeks after the company released iOS 17.4. The iOS 17.4 release brought fresh features to your iPhones, like new Stolen Device Protection options and transcripts in Podcasts. The iOS 17.4.1 update patches two zero-day vulnerabilities on your iPhone. A zero-day vulnerability is a security flaw that can be used to access vulnerable systems in software or hardware, according to IBM.

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To download the update, go to Settings > General > Software Updatestap Update Now and follow the onscreen prompts.

“This update provides important bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users,” Apple wrote in the update’s description.

iOS 17.4.1 update information which reads this update provides important bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users. iOS 17.4.1 update information which reads this update provides important bug fixes and security updates and is recommended for all users.

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Apple wrote in the update’s CVE entry — which stands for common vulnerabilities and exposures — that iOS 17.4.1 addresses two issues that could lead to arbitrary code execution. According to the IT services company Okta, arbitrary code execution could allow a third party to steal your data or hack your device for other nefarious purposes. Apple didn’t say these issues were actively exploited, but these issues could be exploited without this update.

According to Apple, both issues were uncovered by Google’s Project Zero, a team of security analysts who research and report zero-day vulnerabilities in hardware and software.

For more on iOS 17, here are all the iPhone features included with iOS 17.4 and iOS 17.3. You can also check out our iOS 17 cheat sheet.

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