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Apple Releases iOS, macOS revisions to Mitigate Spectre Chip Vulnerabilities

Last few days, Alphabet’s Google and other security scientists revealed two major processor chip flaws, one labeled as Meltdown impacting only Intel chips plus one called Spectre, which left computing devices susceptible to hackers.

Getting back into the revisions, iOS 11.2.2 is available for the iPhone 5s and soon after models, iPad Air and later designs, plus the iPod touch 6th generation. It includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the consequences of Spectre. To download the newest version, you’ll want to check-out setup > General > computer software enhance then follow on-screen directions. You need to use a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air update. Additionally, you should backup important computer data, and make certain your unit has actually over 50 % of fee or connected to an electric resource prior to starting the improvement process.

As for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 Supplemental Update, it includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the consequences of Spectre. Setting up the upgrade will also update Safari to v11.0.2. This type of Safari can also be available for OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 and macOS Sierra 10.12.6. To set up macOS High Siera 10.13.2 Supplemental enhance, go to the Mac App shop. Users are recommended to backup their particular machines before beginning the enhance process. Users should just follow onscreen directions to set up the macOS up-date.

The iPhone manufacturer had stated on Thursday it will probably launch a plot for Safari Web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs. Apple had also said that there had been no known cases of hackers taking advantage of the flaw.

Written with inputs from Reuters

Published at Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:02:33 +0000