Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.4.1 After Releasing iOS 14.4.2 With Fix for Actively Exploited Security Vulnerability

Following the release of iOS 14.4.2 on March 26, Apple has stopped signing iOS 14.4.1, the previously available version of iOS 14. With iOS 14.4.1 no longer being signed, it is not possible to downgrade to iOS 14.4.1 from iOS 14.4.2 if you've already updated your iPhone or iPad.

iOS 14
Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date.

iOS 14.4.1 was a security update that addressed a WebKit vulnerability that could allow maliciously crafted web content to execute code. iOS 14.4.2 is also a security update that addresses a vulnerability where processing maliciously crafted web content could lead to universal cross site scripting.

Apple said that the vulnerability addressed in iOS 14.4.2 was actively exploited in the wild, so those who have not updated should do so.

iOS 14.4.2 is the current publicly available version of iOS that people can download, but Apple has also provided iOS 14.5 to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes. iOS 14.5 is one of the biggest updates to ‌‌iOS 14‌‌ to date, introducing a feature for unlocking an ‌‌iPhone‌‌ when wearing a mask with an Apple Watch, adding Dual-SIM 5G support, introducing compatibility with the latest gaming controllers, and more.

Top Rated Comments

TheWatchfulOne Avatar
15 months ago

How dare you disable my iPhone apps and tell me you love me!
When did they tell you they love you? They've never told me that. ?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StyxMaker Avatar
15 months ago
If there is ever ONE Class Action lawsuit I want, it's suing Apple over this signing OS BS. How dare you disable my iPhone apps and tell me you love me! This is the biggest load of BS I've ever heard of legally. How can they get away with it? Yes, I'm still mad since the IOS 10/11 switch and the batterygate and I'm not going to get over it. Apple screwed me over on both of those and the grudge is still long lasting. Mainly because nobody has sued them over this and they're going to do it again. They'll at some point release the M128 chip and all your 64 bit apps will just disappear like Avengers Infinity War!
So sue them instead of waiting for some one else to do it.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BaltimoreMediaBlog Avatar
15 months ago
If there is ever ONE Class Action lawsuit I want, it's suing Apple over this signing OS BS. How dare you disable my iPhone apps and tell me you love me! This is the biggest load of BS I've ever heard of legally. How can they get away with it? Yes, I'm still mad since the IOS 10/11 switch and the batterygate and I'm not going to get over it. Apple screwed me over on both of those and the grudge is still long lasting. Mainly because nobody has sued them over this and they're going to do it again. They'll at some point release the M128 chip and all your 64 bit apps will just disappear like Avengers Infinity War!
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Apple_Robert Avatar
15 months ago

If there is ever ONE Class Action lawsuit I want, it's suing Apple over this signing OS BS. How dare you disable my iPhone apps and tell me you love me! This is the biggest load of BS I've ever heard of legally. How can they get away with it? Yes, I'm still mad since the IOS 10/11 switch and the batterygate and I'm not going to get over it. Apple screwed me over on both of those and the grudge is still long lasting. Mainly because nobody has sued them over this and they're going to do it again. They'll at some point release the M128 chip and all your 64 bit apps will just disappear like Avengers Infinity War!
They own the software. You do not. As such, they can stop signing any iOS release they want.

You claim to hate it so much and yet, you continue buying Apple products. It makes your claim rather hollow.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeadingHeat Avatar
15 months ago

14.4.1 also addressed a security vulnerability just like 14.4.2
Ahh. Okay well then I stand corrected! Thank you!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shirasaki Avatar
15 months ago

I thought Windows10 updates (spring update, fall update) were unavoidable. Sooner or later your PC updates to the latest build... Is there a way to prevent that?
Windows 10 enterprise can delay feature update for up to a year. LTSC can make sure your version will not receive any feature update requests, and will continue to receive security updates within 5 years. Sadly both are for business and enterprise market, so activation is going to be tricky. I’m a bit lucky so I take advantage of that.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

iOS 15 General Feature Blue

Apple Releases iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1 With Security Updates and Bug Fixes

Thursday February 10, 2022 10:10 am PST by
Apple today released iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1, two minor updates to the iOS and iPadOS operating systems released in September 2021. iOS and iPadOS 15.3.1 come two weeks after the release of iOS and iPadOS 15.3. The iOS 15.3.1 and iPadOS 15.3.1 updates can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new...
14

Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.7 Following iOS 14.7.1 Release

Monday August 2, 2021 6:42 pm PDT by
Following the release of iOS 14.7.1 last week, Apple has stopped signing iOS 14.7, the previously available version of iOS that was released earlier in July. With iOS 14.7 no longer being signed, it is not possible to downgrade to iOS 14.7 if you've already installed iOS 14.7.1. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to encourage ...
ios 15

Apple Stops Signing iOS 15.3 Following iOS 15.3.1 Release, Downgrading No Longer Possible

Thursday February 17, 2022 11:50 am PST by
Following the release of iOS 15.3.1 on February 10, Apple has stopped signing iOS 15.3, the previously available version of iOS that came out in late January. Because iOS 15.3 is no longer being signed, it is not possible to downgrade to that version of iOS if you've updated to iOS 15.3.1. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order...
14

Apple Stops Signing iOS 14.5 Following Bug Fix iOS 14.5.1 Release

Monday May 10, 2021 12:36 pm PDT by
Following the release of iOS 14.5.1 last week, Apple has stopped signing iOS 14.5, the previously available version of iOS 14 that was released in late April. With iOS 14.5 no longer being signed, it is not possible to downgrade to iOS 14.5 if you've already installed iOS 14.5.1. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of software updates after new releases come out in order to...
homekit showdown 2 thumb

iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 Address HomeKit Vulnerability

Wednesday January 12, 2022 10:31 am PST by
Apple today released iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1, minor updates that include an important security fix for a known HomeKit vulnerability that was first discovered last year. According to Apple's security support document for the update, it addresses an issue that could cause a maliciously crafted HomeKit name to result in a denial of service, causing iPhones and iPads not to work. Apple...
iOS 14 vs 15 feature

Apple Says Option to Stay on iOS 14 Was Always Meant to Be Temporary

Wednesday January 19, 2022 9:57 am PST by
Last week, MacRumors shared news that Apple had stopped releasing iOS 14 security updates and was pushing those still on iOS 14 to upgrade to iOS 15, an apparent reversal of a promise to allow users to stay on the iOS 14 operating system. Apple today told Ars Technica that the option to stay on iOS 14 and avoid the iOS 15 upgrade was always meant to be temporary. It is not a mistake that...
powerdir exploit microsoft

Microsoft Discovered New 'Powerdir' macOS Vulnerability, Fixed in 12.1 Update

Monday January 10, 2022 9:17 am PST by
Microsoft's 365 Defender Research Team this morning published details on a new "Powerdir" macOS vulnerability that let an attacker bypass the Transparency, Consent, and Control technology to gain unauthorized access to protected data. Apple already addressed the CVE-2021-30970 vulnerability in the macOS Monterey 12.1 update that was released in December, so users who have updated to the...
iOS 14 vs 15 feature

Apple More Aggressively Pushing iOS 14 Users to Upgrade to iOS 15

Thursday January 13, 2022 10:37 am PST by
Apple is encouraging people who are still running iOS 14 to update to iOS 15, a reversal of an earlier policy that saw the company allowing iOS 14 users to choose not to install the iOS 15 update. When iOS 15 launched, Apple said that iOS offered a "choice between two software update versions," pledging to offer security updates for those who opted to stick with iOS 14.iOS now offers a...

Popular Stories

RIP iPod Feature

RIP iPod: A Look Back at Apple's Iconic Music Player Over the Years

Friday May 13, 2022 2:25 pm PDT by
Apple earlier this week announced the discontinuation of the iPod touch, and because it was the last iPod still available for purchase, its sunsetting effectively marks the end of the entire iPod lineup. To send the iPod on its way, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the most notable iPod releases over the last 21 years. Original iPod (2001) Introduced in October...
iOS 16 mock for article

Gurman: iOS 16 to Include New Ways of System Interaction and 'Fresh Apple Apps'

Sunday May 15, 2022 6:14 am PDT by
iOS 16 will include new ways of interacting with the system and some "fresh Apple apps," Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said, offering some more detail on what Apple has in store for the upcoming release of iOS and iPadOS set to be announced in a few weeks at WWDC. In the latest edition of his Power On newsletter, Gurman wrote that while iOS 16 is not likely to introduce a major face-lift to...
14 16 inch 2021 mbps back to back feature orange

Five Things You Still Can't Do With a MacBook Pro

Wednesday May 11, 2022 11:16 am PDT by
It's been over 200 days since Apple debuted its redesigned MacBook Pro lineup. Offered in 14-inch and 16-inch display sizes, the new-look MacBooks wowed Apple fans and creative pros alike with their powerful custom Apple silicon, mini-LED screen, and multiple connectivity options. But there are still some things you can't do with a MacBook Pro. Here are five features some Mac users are still...
iOS 16 mock for article

Which Devices Will iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 Support?

Thursday May 12, 2022 7:29 am PDT by
While there are as yet no concrete rumors related to which devices iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will support, the discontinuation of the iPod touch earlier this week may be an indication that as many as nine devices could be about to lose support for Apple's upcoming operating systems. iOS and iPadOS 13, 14, and 15 support all of the same devices, with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus,...
apple mac ipad watch trade in

Apple Launches Limited-Time Bonus Trade-In Credit for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch in Many Countries

Wednesday May 11, 2022 5:14 am PDT by
Apple has launched a special limited-time offer for iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and iPad trade-in that offers customers additional credit when trading in their only device for a new one. The offer is being run in several countries including the US, UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, and France. In the UK, Apple is offering up to £50 of extra trade-in credit...
sony

Sony Unveils Redesigned WH-1000XM5 Headphones With Improved Noise Cancelation

Thursday May 12, 2022 9:26 am PDT by
Sony's flagship WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones have been among the best on the market for some time, and today Sony announced its fifth-generation WH-1000XM5 headphones, boasting a new design and several improvements over the previous model. The redesigned headphones replace the shrouded arms that swivel on the XM4's with an exposed arm that has a single contact point at the earcups,...
apple tv 4k design clue

Kuo: New Apple TV to Launch in Second Half of 2022, Lower Price Possible

Friday May 13, 2022 7:58 am PDT by
Apple plans to launch a new version of the Apple TV in the second half of 2022, according to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a tweet today, Kuo said the new Apple TV will have an improved cost structure, suggesting that the device could have a lower price that is more competitive with other streaming media players like Google's Chromecast line, Amazon's Fire TV line, and the Roku line. ...
iPhone 14 Purple Feature

Full Range of iPhone 14 Color Options Revealed by Purported Leak From China

Wednesday May 11, 2022 2:20 am PDT by
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models will be available in a refreshed range of color options, including an all-new purple color, according to a recent rumor. The claim comes from a post on Chinese social media site Weibo by an unverified source and purports to reveal the full range of color options for Apple's upcoming iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models. Compared to the selection of color...