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Minecraft 1.18.1 rolled out to fix security issue and other bugs

The first patch for the latest Minecraft update, 1.18, is here already

Updated: Dec 10, 2021 1:26 pm
Minecraft 1.18.1 rolled out to fix security issue and other bugs

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Minecraft’s first Caves and Cliffs Part 2 patch has been released amidst a log4j security breach. While the update does resolve that, there are other big fixes and changes to 1.18 as well. Here’s the key patch notes for Minecraft 1.18.1.

Caves and Cliffs part 2 1.18.1 patch notes — log4j security breach

The Java security breach, which is an issue affecting multiple programmes and apps including Minecraft, poses a potential risk to Vanilla Minecraft multiplayer servers, modded servers, and worlds running on older Minecraft versions. Minecraft 1.18.1 fixes this issue, so anyone playing on or running vanilla servers running in 1.18 should make sure that they are on the latest version with immediate effect. Servers that are running modpacks, or are on older versions of Minecraft – particularly before 1.12 – should still be wary of this issue. Check out our article on the security breach to find out whether you could have been affected and what to do.

1.18.1 patch notes — Technical changes

Minecraft 1.18.1 patch notes fog

Fog has been changed to improve visibility for the player. The way this has been implemented is with world fog now being a cylindrical volume instead of spherical, and it renders further away from the player, so that more terrain can be seen in the distance.

An issue that caused players with low bandwidth to see timeout errors when connecting to a server has also now been fixed with 1.18.1.

Minecraft 1.18.1 patch notes — Bug Fixes

There was a problem with bees and nests despawning which has now been resolved.

Render distance in 1.18 was actually two whole chunks lower than the setting. This has now been fixed.

There was also an issue with observers being triggered without any actual updates occurring nearby. This, too, has been resolved with the roll out of 1.18.1.

How to play on 1.18.1

When you load the Minecraft Launcher, check that you are playing in the most up-to-date version in the bottom right-hand corner of the main launcher screen. There is a drop down box with options for the ‘Latest release’ and the ‘Latest snapshot’. For 1.18.1, you want to make sure you are in ‘Latest release’ and that it shows 1.18.1, as below. If it still shows 1.18, close the launcher and reopen.

how to play on Minecraft 1.18.1

For the full 1.18.1 patch notes, check out the official Mojang changelog.

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