Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

IOS 11.2.2 now available with security fixes for Spectre vulnerability

The company was quick to patch Meltdown, however, with iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2 getting mitigations against the vulnerability.

Apple has published a response on what they've done to counter the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, which are detailed at Google's Project Zero security blog.

Few further details are available on the updates, although Apple's description indicates the objective of the updates is to protect against Spectre attacks. The macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update improves the stability, compatibility and security of your Mac. The former adds changes in Safari to "help defend against" the attack scenarios.

The iOS 11.2.2 update protects against exploitation of the Spectre processor flaw. Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques. Apple urged its customers to only download apps from its store other other trusted sources, "since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device". There are reports the Microsoft fix (Security Update for Windows KB4056892) bricks some AMD systems. iOS 11.2.2 brings further fortifications for the mobile operating system against the Spectre vulnerability, and is available right now to all supported devices (iPhone 5s and newer, iPad Air and newer).

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