Security

Apple releases iOS & iPadOS 14.7.1 to fix Apple Watch Touch ID bug & improve device security

Apple on Monday released software updates for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, taking the form of iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1 respectively. The updates were joined in good company by the newly released macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 for Apple's Mac computer lineup.

These updates have some noteworthy changes on all the devices they support, however perhaps more-so on the iPhone than on the iPad, as we’re about to discuss.

Ian Beer publishes PoC that could allow arbitrary code execution on iOS 14.4-14.5.1

Modern jailbreak tools like Taurine and unc0ver can currently jailbreak all iOS & iPadOS 14 devices running up to and including iOS & iPadOS 14.3. It’s been quite a while since any of these tools have picked up support for new firmware, but there’s always the very real possibility that these tools could add support for new firmware in the future.

Fortunately for those whose devices are operating on iOS or iPadOS 14.4 through 14.5.1, there just might be some hope. Renowned security researcher Ian Beer of Google Project Zero has just released documentation of what appears to be a kernel-level proof of concept (PoC) impacting up to and including iOS & iPadOS 14.5.1.