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Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan

Apple issues Meltdown fix for Macs running Sierra and El Capitan

Earlier this morning Apple released iOS 11.2.5, along with watchOS 4.2.2 and tvOS 11.2.5 for download, and now macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 is out as well.

In them, we learn that all four updates resolve kernel-related vulnerabilities discovered by Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, the researcher responsible for finding the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities (see "Apple Releases Meltdown and Spectre Info and Updates", 5 January 2018). It also patches an issue that could lead to arbitrary code execution when playing a malicious sound file.

Obviously, it's recommended that you install these updates as soon as possible.

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The technology giant on Tuesday released a fix for Meltdown, a flaw that can allow an attacker to read protected kernel memory, for the latest versions of macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and OS X El Capitan (10.11.6). 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.

If you're interested in reading more details about Apple's updates, you can do so here. This update also includes bug fixes and improvements. On Monday Intel said some people using its Broadwell and Haswell chips have been dealing with "higher system reboots" after applying updates. As mentioned, the big news is HomePod support, although the release notes merely say, "Setup [sic] and automatically transfer your Apple ID, Apple Music, Siri, and Wi-Fi settings to HomePod".

Headlining the security update is a patch for CVE-2017-5754, better known as Meltdown.


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