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Meltdown, Specter bugs: Apple iPhones, ipad, Macs at risk

05 January 2018

Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in all modern computer processing units made by Intel and ARM, which supply to nearly the entire global computer market.

Intel on Thursday said it has developed and is issuing updates for all types of Intel-based machines that will render system affected by the design flaw immune to Spectre and Meltdown.

Meltdown and Spectre, the bugs affecting most chips have hit Apple as well.

Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave almost every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices were affected by both Meltdown and Spectre.

BBC reports that Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence of the vulnerability being exploited.it 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.

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Analysis of these techniques revealed that while they are extremely hard to exploit, even by an app running locally on a Mac or iOS device, they can be potentially exploited in JavaScript running in a web browser. 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.

Security researchers have also cleared that none of the Apple devices are affected at the moment. 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.

Patches against Spectre, in the form of an update to web browser Safari, will be released "in the coming days".

Intel confirmed a potential security flaw in its chips causing all tech majors to rush to fix the bugs through emergency updates to supported versions.

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

Meltdown, Specter bugs: Apple iPhones, ipad, Macs at risk