Apple releases new updates, iOS 11.2.5 and other updates

by Leslie Wood January 25, 2018, 1:47
Apple releases new updates, iOS 11.2.5 and other updates

As of January 23rd, 2018, macOS Sierra and El Capitan users will be able to download Security Update '2018-001, ' which serves as a patch for the Meltdown CPU security vulnerability.

Available on macOS High Sierra version 10.13.2, the security patch has now been to older macOS versions, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 and 10.11.6.

Cupertino computing giant Apple has released yet another Meltdown patch for its macOS platform. While the update has modifications on several fronts such as audio, kernel, WebKit, and Wi-Fi, the most noticeable feature is the security patch against the Meltdown bug. It fixes a bug that caused messages in the Messages app to appear out of order, and it fixes a problem with connecting to SMB servers.

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It introduced a patch for both flaws in macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, but Mac computers running older versions of Apple's operating systems were left unprotected - until now, at least. Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed with improved memory handling. If your Mac is enrolled, the message "Your computer is set to receive beta software update" is shown ● Install the macOS Developer Beta After completing enrollment, install the developer beta from Updates in the Mac App Store. Installing the update will restart your computer. Primarily, it prepares iOS devices for the smart speaker. iOS can now assist in setting up the new speaker if you buy it, and Apple lists the HomePod-related "play the news" Siri feature here, but we on an iPhone 7 running iOS 11.2.5.

Apple previously issued mitigations for the two Spectre flaws along with a temporary (and now superseded) workaround for Meltdown in the days after the bugs were disclosed.

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