iPhone, iPad users urged to update devices immediately over security threat

Update to iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 immediately to stop hackers actively exploiting vulnerabilities, says CERT NZ and Apple.
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New Zealanders are being warned by the country's official cyber security agency to urgently update their iPhones and iPads.

Apple's new iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 contain security fixes for three vulnerabilities hackers that are said to be under active attack by hackers.

"A malicious application may be able to elevate privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited," the US tech company states on its website.

In an alert issued on its website, CERT NZ (the Computer Emergency Response Team) is urging anyone with an Apple device to "immediately update" their devices.

Apple TV users are instructed to update to the latest tvOS also.

If a pop-up message hasn't already prompted you to update your device, it can be manually done by following these steps:

  • Settings > System > Software Update.

However, there's more bad news if you have a device that's more than a few years old.

"CERT NZ recommends that anyone who has a device that is not able to receive updates look to replace their devices," the agency says.

Apple's notice says the updates are available for iPhone 6s and later, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).

People wanting more information or further support can contact the agency on 0800 CERTNZ.