All iPhones, iPads and Mac devices affected by 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' bugs

Lynne Hanson
January 5, 2018

The microchip flaw affects device running the company's iOS and macOS operating systems, as well as the Apple TV. Now Apple has also issued a statement on the same saying all Macs and iOS devices are impacted by this security flaw.

Meltdown and Spectre are what are known as exploits, vulnerabilities or weaknesses, even though they are being reported widely as bugs or flaws on central processing units (CPUs), the computer chips at the heart of every PC or smartphone. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors.

All Apple Mac computers, iPhones and iPads are affected by two serious security flaws that could give hackers access to users' data and passwords. Apple, has already acknowledged the potential security flaw in its MAC and iOS devices but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.

"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", the company adds.

Google and Microsoft have already issued statements telling users which products are affected by the bugs.

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Apple Watch users are not affected, the company has said.

Apple hasn't issued any fixes that would specifically address the Spectre exploit.

The current updates to MacOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, but Apple said it will look to incorporate better protections against Spectre-type attacks in future updates to those operating systems. "We proceed to create and test encourage alleviations for these issues and will discharge them in up and coming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", the article states.

When the chip vulnerability was first starting to be discussed publicly, some cybersecurity researchers said a fix for it could reduce the performance of affected systems by as much as 30%.

Apple also announced that it will be releasing patches for Spectre in the form of an update to web browser Safari in a few days.

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