Apple says devices vulnerable to chip flaws

Apple says devices vulnerable to chip flaws

Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre. Now Apple has also issued a statement on the same saying all Macs and iOS devices are impacted by this security flaw.

Nearly every computing machine on this planet is affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws, including Apple products.

Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than, for example Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems.

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Apple on Thursday confirmed that Meltdown and Spectre - the Google-discovered attacks that exploit a security flaw that affects nearly everything with a processor - can be used against its devices too.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time", Apple said in blog post on the issue.

The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown. In the case of Meltdown, Apple says it released mitigations for the exploit in the iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2 updates.

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While Apple has taken (and taking) measures against protecting users against Meltdown and Spectre, so have others. With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch. Apple has already released all of those updates, so if you own any of those devices, you can protect them by making sure your operating system is up-to-date. While that attack is thought to be more difficult to pull off, it's also harder to guard against, and Apple Watch is as vulnerable to it as the rest of Apple's product line.

Apple is continuously developing and testing various mitigations and will release new updates further in all iOS, macOS and tvOS to tackle the situation.

Apple says none of the security fixes it's discharged have caused quantifiable performance diminishes in Apple gadgets, and it doesn't anticipate that future patches will do as such either.

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