In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions

In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions

In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions

While macOS High Sierra received its Spectre and Meltdown patches last week, those holding onto older versions of Apple's desktop and notebook system will see updates come through today. macOS Sierra and El Capitan both get their fixes while some further tweaking of the High Sierra patches has also been released.

Apple recently rolled out the final version of macOS High Sierra 10.3.3 for all compatible Mac models.

The release notes are below, and you can review the relevant security updates at Apple's support website, as well. It's a similar story with tvOS 11.2.5, which simply provides bug fixes, minor performance improvements, and security updates.

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If you've been suffering from this issue, it's time to install macOS 10.13.3 because the fix for this annoying bug is now available.

A separate update for Safari fixes an unrelated exploit on all three most recent OSes, though also one with a GPZ credit; Spectre was addressed, as well as it can be, two weeks ago.

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Numerous same iOS flaws are addressed for the Apple Watch in watchOS 4.2.2, and in the AppleTV with tvOS 11.2.5. On Monday Intel said some people using its Broadwell and Haswell chips have been dealing with "higher system reboots" after applying updates.

But Apple isn't alone in abandoning legacy software.

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.

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