You want to stay safe from hackers while still using an older version of Apple's MacOS, the underlying software that runs its laptops and desktops. Now, there's a patch for that.
On Tuesday, the company released updates to the Sierra and El Capitan operating systems that will protect users from Meltdown, the design flaw that could let hackers access sensitive information from a computer's processor. The update means more Mac users will be safe from a vulnerability that affects hundreds of millions of chips made by Intel over the past 20 years. Patches to operating systems are one of the key ways to protect computers.
The patch arrives more than two weeks after Apple updated its most current operating system, High Sierra. That was shortly after reporters revealed that , along with a similar flaw called Spectre. The Spectre flaw affects chips made by AMD and Arm in addition to Intel chips.
Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on why the Sierra and El Capitan updates arrived after the patch to High Sierra.
The industry-wide effort to patch the design flaws has run into turbulence since the vulnerabilities became public. On Tuesday,and users to halt some patches to its chips after reports the fixes were causing computers to unexpectedly reboot. The company is also fighting . And some Microsoft updates to chips made by AMD .
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