Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 12.5.4 Security Fix for Older iPhones and iPads

Apple today released new iOS and iPadOS 12.5.4 updates, with the new software aimed at older devices that are unable to run the iOS 14 update that's available on modern devices.

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The iOS and iPadOS 12.5.4 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 software, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 12.5.4 introduces important security updates and is recommended for all users. Apple often releases security updates for older devices that are no longer able to get the current version of iOS in order to keep users protected from malware and other security vulnerabilities.

Apple's security support document says that the update addresses three vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution. Two of them that affected WebKit may have been actively exploited. One of these vulnerabilities was fixed in iOS 14.6, and the other two are likely to be addressed in iOS 14.7.

Top Rated Comments

Unregistered 4U Avatar
19 weeks ago
Hmph, Apple’s just forcing people to buy older devices that are unable to receive the iOS 14 update just be be able to get these Security Fixes.

/s
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
bd139 Avatar
19 weeks ago
I’ve never seen an android device last long enough to need an update like this ?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elvisimprsntr Avatar
19 weeks ago
When was the time Google released an Android updated for an 8+ yo device? Check mate, Google!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
elvisimprsntr Avatar
19 weeks ago

I’ve never seen an android device last long enough to need an update like this ?
I still have my like new, fully functioning iPhone 4 as a backup.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JosephAW Avatar
19 weeks ago
Attention Developers: Apple is still releasing iOS 12 updates so please continue to support iOS devices with your apps. Thank you.

Unlike the bank and insurance apps that throws us under the bus nearly immediately when iOS 13 came out.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dpfenninger Avatar
19 weeks ago
An appreciated update for my daughter's 1st gen Air.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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