At iCulture, we regularly highlight the new features of firmware updates, so that you know what the update is all about. But such updates often bring numerous security improvements as well. It is therefore always wise to install the updates, even if they do not contain any interesting functions for you. Apple's latest system updates, including iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, and macOS 11.5, include numerous fixes that make your devices more secure.
Improve security in iOS 14.7 and beyond
< p>The most notable fix in this area is the Wi-Fi bug we wrote about earlier. Trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network with a specific name or other rogue network could render Wi-Fi on your iPhone useless.
Apple has also fixed issues with the Find My app. A rogue app was able to access Find My data. As far as we know, this has not been abused. Security issues have also been fixed with WebKit, the engine behind the Safari browser. The full list of fixes in iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7 can be found here. In tvOS 14.7, watchOS 7.6, and macOS 11.5, Apple has also fixed several security vulnerabilities. You can find the fixes in tvOS 14.7 here, on this page they are for watchOS 7.6 and finally you can find the fixes in macOS 11.5 here.
A security problem that (still ) has not been fixed, the leak that allowed the Pegasus spyware is. Apple has previously indicated that the spyware poses no threat to the vast majority of iPhone users. However, it's not entirely clear whether that means Apple won't close this leak in a future update.
More security updates for older macOS versions
Are you still running macOS Catalina or macOS Mojave? Then there are also separate security updates available. These contain mostly the same fixes as in macOS Big Sur 11.5. This includes solutions in WebKit, Bluetooth and AppKit, the basis on which apps are built. You can download the updates for your system from System Preferences > Software update. A separate security update is available for Safari on macOS Catalina and macOS Mojave, which can also be accessed via System Preferences > Software update can be installed.