Meltdown and Spectre flaws also affect all Apple Mac and iOS devices

Otis Hoffman
January 5, 2018

The two security flaws were reported earlier this week and have been named Meltdown (impacts only Intel chips) and Spectre, which impacts pretty much every known modern processor including Intel, ARM, AMD.

Apple said, 'These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems.

Apple confirmed Thursday its devices are affected by the same processor security flaw Google discovered that became public this week.

"Intel and other technology companies have been made aware of new security research describing software analysis methods that, when used for malicious purposes, have the potential to improperly gather sensitive data from computing devices that are operating as designed", the company said.

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"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time ..."

Just hours after a computer chip flaw exposed majority of smartphones, computers, cloud storage, tablets and laptops to malicious activities, Apple today admitted that all of its iPhones, iPads and computers have been affected by the processor flaw, which could leave it vulnerable to hackers.

Apple explains that Meltdown "has the the most potential to be exploited", while Spectre is "extremely difficult" to exploit. However, Apple says it planning to test and release fixes that address the Spectre exploit soon.

Apple simply distributed another help archive clarifying that iOS and macOS could be assaulted by the newfound (and exceptionally risky) Meltdown and Specter misuses.

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Shortly after the researchers disclosed the chip flaws on Wednesday, Google and Microsoft released statements telling users which of their products were affected.

BBC reports that Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence of the vulnerability being had already released "mitigations" against Meltdown in its latest iPhones and iPad operating system update - iOS 11.2 and the macOS 10.12.2 for its MacBooks and iMacs.

Apple said it will release an update for its web browser, Safari, in the next few days. The statement further adds that the company will release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre.

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