iOS 13.4.1 could come this week with fix for big VPN bug

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Apple will roll out an iOS 13.4.1 update this week to fix a VPN bug on iPhone and iPad, according to a new report out Tuesday.

An earlier investigation revealed a security flaw in Apple’s most recent iOS releases that prevents virtual private networks from encrypting all traffic. The issue can cause data and IP addresses to be exposed.

Millions of people rely on VPNs to protect their privacy online. A good service should ensure that a user’s true IP address and network traffic can never be seen. But thanks to a bug in iOS, those protections are compromised.

A report from ProtonVPN, published on March 25, detailed the vulnerability in iOS 13.3.1 and later. The company was able to use an app to reveal an iOS device’s data traffic, despite a VPN being used to conceal it.

Fortunately, it seems Apple has worked quickly to eliminate this issue.

iOS 13.4.1 incoming

The Verifier, which has been reliable in the past, reports that Apple is planning an iOS 13.4.1 update that will roll out to all “in the coming days.” It is said to include “several fixes” — including one for the VPN issue.

Apple most recent update, iOS 13.4, rolled out on March 24. In addition to some bug fixes and improvements of its own, it brought iCloud file sharing and significantly enhanced mouse and trackpad support for iPad.

There has been no beta release of iOS 13.4.1, so other than the VPN fix, it’s likely nothing else has changed. Don’t get your hopes up for new features.

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