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Apple releases Meltdown patches for macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan

24 January 2018

The security update is included with macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and it is also available as a separate security update for users of Sierra on 10.12.6 and El Capitan on 10.11.6.

Cupertino computing giant Apple has released yet another Meltdown patch for its macOS platform.

Apple updated its entire suite of operating systems today with public releases of macOS High Sierra 10.13.3, iOS 11.2.5, tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2. It also fixes an issue with an SMB server. The updates are dubbed Security Update 2018-001.

The security patch notes for macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 specify 17 different security holes fixed in the update.

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Apart from including patches for the Spectre and Meltdown exploit, the security update for macOS Sierra and El Capitan also features fixes for other issues.

iOS 11.2.5 - The iOS 11.2.5 update is 178 MB on the iPhone X and 163 MB on an 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and you can install it in Settings General Software Update or via iTunes. Enter your Apple ID credentials in the provided box. Siri can provide news for specific categories, including sports, business, and music, but Apple apparently hasn't tweaked Siri's artificial intelligence to avoid reading you stories that will make your stomach hurt. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements. It's clear that watchOS 4.2.2 is important exclusively for the security fixes noted above. The update means more Mac users will be safe from a vulnerability that affects hundreds of millions of chips made by Intel over the past twenty years. Installing the update will restart your computer.

Spectre and Meltdown have affected a wide range of devices and it's up to the companies to devise appropriate fixes in the form of software updates.

Apple releases Meltdown patches for macOS Sierra, OS X El Capitan