Apple Says All Macs, iPhones and iPads Exposed to Chip Security Flaws

Apple Says All Macs, iPhones and iPads Exposed to Chip Security Flaws

But the Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in all modern computer processing units - or microchips - made by Intel and ARM, and together the firms supply nearly the entire global computer market. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems.

A PAIR of security vulnerabilities affect virtually all Apple products but are not now affecting users, the company said.

"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.

All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs, Apple has told users of its devices.

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In a blog post, the Cupertino company said that the flaws, known as Meltdown and Spectre, affect all Macs and iOS devices, but downloading its latest software update will fix at least one of the vulnerabilities. The Apple Watch, which runs a derivative of the iPhone's operating system is not affected, according to the company.

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. Microsoft has already rolled out "patches" to protect many PC users. Apple notes, however, that Spectre can be exploited in JavaScript running in a web browser. 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. In the coming days the organization says it will discharge alleviations in Safari to help shield against Specter.

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. "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", reads the statement.

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