Apple Addresses Meltdown and Spectre in macOS

Apple releases iOS 11.2.5 with HomePod support, minor macOS, tvOS, and watchOS updates
Apple releases Meltdown and Spectre fixes for older versions of macOS
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24 January, 2018

Earlier this month, Apple distributed a patch for macOS 10.13.2 High Sierra, but has now released updates for macOS 10.12.6 Sierra and OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan as well, which remain in use by a minority of customers.

If you're interested in reading more details about Apple's updates, you can do so here.

Apple says their new HomePod smart speaker will be available on 9 February 2018 with pre-orders opening this Saturday.

Cupertino did whack out a patch for macOS High Sierra pretty soon after the Meltdown and Spectre flaws came to light.

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Also notable is the fix for the recently reported bug that could cause Messages in iOS, macOS, and watchOS to crash or otherwise fail to work if it received a maliciously crafted URL (see "Messages App Plagued by Another Crashing Link Bug", 17 January 2018).

In doing so, it also offered some security updates for Macs running older versions of its OS, including OS X 10.11 El Capitan and macOS 10.12 Sierra. You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business, or Music. It fixes a bug that caused messages in the Messages app to appear out of order, and it fixed a problem with connecting to SMB servers. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements. We recommend installing it the next time you charge your Apple Watch overnight since watchOS updates are so slow to install. 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.

But Apple isn't alone in abandoning legacy software.


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