April 21, 2018

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In security update, Apple backports Meltdown fix to older macOS versions

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.

As soon as the Spectre and Meltdown CPU bugs became public knowledge, OS makers began kicking patch development into overdrive in an effort to plug the security holes as quickly as possible. Now this week, Apple has begun pushing out the patch to macOS Sierra and El Capitan users. Although updating systems is one of the most important ways to protect against security vulnerabilities, many do not update their systems for fear of breaking legacy software.

The technology giant on Tuesday released a fix for Meltdown, a flaw that can allow an attacker to read protected kernel memory, for the latest versions of macOS Sierra (10.12.6), and OS X El Capitan (10.11.6).

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Apple announced these security updates in their security support document and asks that the updates are installed immediately. The updates are dubbed Security Update 2018-001. Launch the App Store on your Mac and search for "macOS" (go directly to this for macOS High Sierra). Alternatively, it can also be updated through iTunes. 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.

On the other hand, Apple has insisted that its Meltdown fix has no measurable performance impact, according to its own benchmark testing. Windows 10 is already patched, several versions of Linux are patched but Apple has been lagging behind a bit.

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