A few days ago we discovered two dangerous security holes, Meltdown and Specter, which affected the vast majority of processors in the market. We do not just talk about Intel solutions, but other ecosystems including different Apple devices. It seems that the Cupertino based company has worked very fast to find a solution to this vulnerability.
The tech giant has just released version 11.2.2 of iOS and macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 for all users to protect Apple phone, tablet or computer against the dangers of Specter. In this way, the manufacturer has at least mitigated the Specter vulnerability that affected its line of devices.
Most Apple devices to be protected against the Specter vulnerability
For now, the company has not updated tvOS or macOS so not all of Apple’s ecosystem is safe from this dangerous vulnerability but it is a first step to protect against the dangers of Specter. It has not been specified what improvements this iOS 11.2.2 update has for the iPhone and iPad but Apple has confirmed that it affects Siri and Webkit to mitigate the effects of Specter as much as possible.
The company claims that there is no hardware solution to remove Specter, so the only solution was to launch this update via OTA for all compatible devices. This way if you have an iPhone 5S or later, iPad Air or later or a sixth-generation iPod touch. To update your devices you just have to go to Settings > General > Software update to update your phone.
If you have a MacOS High Sierra compatible device, you can update it to improve Safari against the Specter vulnerability. Also available in the Mac application store is a supplemental Safari update, version 11.0.2, for Mac devices running OS X Captain 10.11.6 and Sierra macros 10.12.6 to protect against the risks of Specter.
Specter is also able to save the keystrokes you make with your keyboard. The Spectre chip vulnerability have access to the passwords you use, with the danger that entails, it is very important to update your device as soon as possible to prevent these data may fall into the wrong hands.