Apple releases security update for Spectre vulnerability

Apple has already released Meltdown-specific patches for iOS, macOS and tvOS

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Apple releases security update for Spectre vulnerability Apple released second batch of security updates. (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 9, 2018

With the news of ‘Meltdown' and ‘Spectre' detected in micro-processors, Apple has released three security updates dedicated to protect Safari and WebKit from Spectre, specifically.

Apple noted that the iOS 11.2.2 software update for iOS, macOS and Safari was to protect the search engine against the Spectre vulnerability, and is available for iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Apple said in a statement: "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."

Apple has already released Meltdown-specific patches for iOS, macOS and tvOS.

The two security flaws, ‘Meltdown' and ‘Spectre' detected in micro-processors required emergency patches for Windows and other systems. Spectre affects Intel, AMD and ARM processors, while the Meltdown flaw only affects Intel processors.

During this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel's chief executive thanked the ‘industry for coming together' and said that 90% of processors and products from the past five years would be patched ‘within a week'.

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