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Apple releases patches to protect Safari from Spectre attack

The company patched the Meltdown vulnerability in an earlier update.
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Apple today released three new security updates for Safari and WebKit, protecting users from the Spectre security flaw. Though the updates are coming to iOS, macOS and Safari, the company states that they’re meant for Safari and the browser engine behind it, for all three updates.

Apple today released three new security updates for Safari and WebKit, protecting users from the Spectre security flaw.

Apple today released three new security updates for Safari and WebKit, protecting users from the Spectre security flaw.

Though the updates are coming to iOS, macOS and Safari, the company states that they’re meant for Safari and the browser engine behind it, for all three updates.

Other than that, details about the updates are somewhat scarce right now. However, the company does thank Google’s Jan Horn and other researchers who discovered the Spectre vulnerability. Apple had earlier provided updates that would tackle the Meltdown vulnerability. Those patches were included in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2. Latest versions of Chrome and Firefox also include the patches for Meltdown and Spectre.

In a statement made on Thursday, Apple said that there are no known exploits that affect customers right now. “Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store,” Apple added in the statement.

In another statement made last week the iPhone maker said, “Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques,” meaning that could be the update we’re seeing right now.