Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 and iOS 11.2.5

Apple released its round of bug fix/security updates - including iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3 High Sierra, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 - today. The updates are dubbed Security Update 2018-001.

A total of 17 security issues are addressed by Apple in its latest set of patches for macOS and OS X.

The software update is now available for macOS Sierra and El Capitan, so be sure to download your copy. It also patches an issue that could lead to arbitrary code execution when playing a malicious sound file. According to the update's release notes, it "Addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out of order" and "Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to stop responding when connected to an SMB server". Enter your Apple ID credentials in the provided box.


Another new feature is that Siri can now read the news to you if you say "Siri, play the news". It includes the above fixes, but it also includes improvements for Audio, LinkPresentation, Security, and there's an additional Kernel fix. You can also ask for specific news categories including Sports, Business, or Music. We recommend installing it the next time you charge your Apple Watch overnight since watchOS updates are so slow to install. On Monday Intel said some people using its Broadwell and Haswell chips have been dealing with "higher system reboots" after applying updates.

Spectre and Meltdown have affected a wide range of devices and it's up to the companies to devise appropriate fixes in the form of software updates.


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