Apple Releases Security Update For macOS Sierra And El Capitan Addressing Meltdown

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Jan 23, 2018
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Apple recently rolled out the final version of macOS High Sierra 10.3.3 for all compatible Mac models. The update is live and available for all users and can be downloaded over the air. Now, the company has released a security update for macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and El Capitan 10.11.6 that includes further patches for security addressing the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. So let’s dive in to see some more details on the new update and how users can download it on their compatible Macs.

Apple Releases Further Patches For Meltdown Vulnerability For macOS Sierra And El Capitan

For both of these platforms, macOS Sierra and El Capitan, the new update carrying the devised fixes for the said exploits can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. If you’re interested, which you should be, all you have to do is navigate to the Updates tab in the Mac App Store and find the necessary updates for your Mac. Once you do that, follow the instructions presented to you on the display and download the updated firmware with patches for Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

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The company is listing the new version as ‘Security Update 2018-001’. Check out the source link below for more details on the update. Description from Apple reads:

Available for: macOS Sierra 10.12.6, OS X El Capitan 10.11.6

    • Impact: An application may be able to read kernel memory (Meltdown)

Description: Systems with microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and indirect branch prediction may allow unauthorized disclosure of information to an attacker with local user access via a side-channel analysis of the data cache.

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. If not, the vulnerabilities can potentially have intense repercussions. Spectre and Meltdown are not only affecting different Mac models but overall the entire industry is at stake and tech giants have been working to get it straight.

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Apart from including patches for the Spectre and Meltdown exploit, the security update for macOS Sierra and El Capitan also features fixes for other issues. For instance, the update adds fixes for the kernel that relate to “malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” among other aspects.

The software update is now available for macOS Sierra and El Capitan, so be sure to download your copy. There will be more to the story, so be sure to stay tuned in for more.

As for now, share your views regarding the Meltdown vulnerability down in the comments.

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