Macintosh has discharged a refreshed rendition of its working framework programming to settle a noteworthy microchip security blemish that influenced about all PC chips made in the most recent decade.
A week ago, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security analysts revealed two noteworthy chip defects, one called Meltdown influencing just Intel Corp chips and one called Specter, that left figuring gadgets powerless against programmers. ‘iOS 11.2.2 incorporates security enhancements to Safari and WebKit to relieve the impacts of Specter,’ the firm said.
The technology giant also released software updates for its Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. The iPhone maker had said on Thursday it will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Apple says it has already put measures in place to help protect its customers from Meltdown and more will be released in the coming days. The firm today released further measures for its Safari web browser to help defend against Spectre.
Browser makers Google, Microsoft Corp and Mozilla Corp’s Firefox all confirmed to Reuters that the patches they currently have in place do not protect iOS users.
With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch.
Apple stressed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw to date. In a written statement last week, Apple said: ‘All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.
‘Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.
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Apple had also said that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw. The latest updates, 11.2.2 for iOS and 10.13.2 for macOS High Sierra, are available now for iPhones, iPads, and Macs to protect users.
To make sure you are protected, download the latest updates on your device.
- On iOS, go to Settings, General then Software Update, then tap Download and Install.
- On MacOS, open the App Store and click Updates in the App Store toolbar, then use the Update buttons to download and install any updates listed.
- On Apple TV, go to Settings, System, then Software Updates. Select Update Software, then select Download and Install. After the update downloads, your Apple TV will restart and prepare the update.
Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV were all hit by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. Apple says it has already put measures in place to help protect its customers and more will be released in the coming days.