Apple release iOS 11.2.2 update to address Spectre

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Apple is among the biggest players affected by the two security vulnerabilities, with all iOS and Mac users at risk. The fixes were rolled out in vesion 11.2 of the iOS, 10.13.2 for the MacOS, and 11.2 for the tvOS.

Apple on Monday released iOS 11.2.2, a relatively small but important update with a handful of fixes for a unsafe security vulnerability that made headlines last week.

Apple released three security updates today as noted in the chart below. Similar patches have already been released for Chrome and Firefox.

Few further details are available on the updates, although Apple's description indicates the goal of the updates is to protect against Spectre attacks.

For those technically minded, you can review the details of the security flaw that effects nearly all modern processors, over at Google's Project Zero blog. However, Apple assured users by saying that there are "no known exploits" that can actually impact users at this time.

"We recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store", the company said.

As is typical, Apple provides few details beyond making it clear which vulnerabilities are targeted, but the firm does thank the researchers responsible for finding the bugs, including Jann Horn of Google Project Zero, in the release notes. To install it go to Settings General Software Update.

The Spectre patch is rolling out as part of iOS 11.2.2 and a supplemental update for macOS High Sierra 10.13.2. In light of this, Apple advised users not to download apps from sources they can not trust.