iOS 14.5.1 & iPadOS 14.5.1 Updates with Security Fixes Released

May 3, 2021 - Leave a Comment

iOS 14 updates

Apple has released iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 as updates for iPhone and iPad users. The small updates include important security fixes and are therefore recommended for all to install.

Separately, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 update is out for Mac, watchOS 7.4.1 for Apple Watch, and iOS 12.5.3 is available for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation).

How to Download & Update iOS 14.5.1 / iPadOS 14.5.1

Always backup iPhone / iPad to iCloud, iTunes, or to Finder on Mac before installing system software updates.

  1. Open the “Settings” app on iPhone or iPad
  2. Go to “General”
  3. Go to “Software Update”
  4. Select “Download and Install” for iOS 14.5.1 / iPadOS 14.5.1 when it shows as available

iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 are fairly small, weighing in around 200mb, which is appropriate for a security update.

As always, the device needs to reboot to complete installation.

Users can also update their devices by using iTunes or Finder on a computer, or manually by using IPSW files.

iOS 14.5.1 & iPadOS 14.5.1 ISPW Download Links

iOS 14.5.1 / iPadOS 14.5.1 Release Notes

Release notes for iOS 14.5.1 and iPadOS 14.5.1 are brief:

This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it. This update also provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

Security specific release notes are as follows:

WebKit
Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management.
CVE-2021-30665: yangkang (@dnpushme)&zerokeeper&bianliang of 360 ATA
WebKit

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: An integer overflow was addressed with improved input validation.
CVE-2021-30663: an anonymous researcher

Apple also released MacOS Big Sur 11.3.1 security update for Mac, watchOS 7.4.1 for Apple Watch, and iOS 12.5.3 for older iPhone and iPad models.

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