Your iPhones, iPads and MacBooks are vulnerable to hackers, Apple warns

Posted January 05, 2018

Apple's blog post states that all Apple products are affected by one, or both of the problems associated with the chip security flaw.

'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'.

Meltdown and Spectre are major security flaws that leaves the devices vulnerable to hacking.

Apple this evening has officially released a statement on the Meltdown and Spectre bugs affecting ARM and Intel processors.

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Google too has issues a statement informing users that its Android phones were protected it users had the latest security updates. In a new support document, Apple says that "all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected" by the vulnerability, but that there are no known exploits impacting customers right now...

The Apple Watch, which runs a derivative of the iPhone's operating system is not affected, according to the company.

Apple said there are no known exploits for the vulnerabilities and said the iOS and MacOS updates "resulted in no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS" as measured by various benchmark tests.

The tech firm said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices "in the coming days". In addition, many operating system vendors, public cloud service providers, device manufacturers and others have indicated that they have already updated their products and services.

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Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Honan said "there's the potential that applying the patches could impact the performance of the machines", noting that older machines or those already under a lot of pressure may be particularly affected.

Spectre is an exploit that breaks the isolation between different applications on chips from Intel, AMD and ARM, and potentially allows hackers to "trick" error-free programmes that normally follow best practices into "leaking" their secrets.

As far as it matters for its, Intel said in an announcement on Thursday that it "has created and is quickly issuing refreshes for a wide range of Intel-based PC frameworks-including PCs and servers-that render those frameworks invulnerable from the two endeavors... detailed by Google Project Zero", whose specialists helped unobtrusively find the defects a year ago.

Those on Windows devices need to have auto updates enabled, and update them as soon as one is available.

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