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

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

Apple says that now there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time. Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cyber security firm Carbon Black, said the delay in updating customers about whether Apple's devices are at risk could affect Apple's drive to get more business customers to adopt its hardware.

The IT giant recommends all the users to download software only from trusted sources, adding that the company has already released patches aimed at protection from Meltdown and Spectre and will continue its efforts in the sphere.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting almost all computer chips made in the last decade.

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




While Apple has taken (and taking) measures against protecting users against Meltdown and Spectre, so have others. The company says that is "has developed and is rapidly issuing updates for all types of Intel-based computer systems", but it is not clear when - or whether - older devices will be treated to patches. Apple has put out a statement saying that the Meltdown and Spectre bugs affect "all Mac systems and iOS devices". Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown.

Cloud administrations possessed by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google itself have additionally been utilizing Project Zero's examination to make and issue patches for their servers, while numerous other littler cloud suppliers who had not been beforehand told about the defect are now scrambling to fix their machines. "Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques".

Current updates to macOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, and Apple is working on providing better protections against Spectre.

Nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, the security vulnerabilities take advantage of how modern processors work on the hardware level, making it a tad hard to fix without repercussions. With Safari and virtually all other popular browsers not patched, hundreds of millions of iPhone and iPad users may have no secure means of browsing the web until Apple issues its patch.

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