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

Kristi Paul
January 5, 2018

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.

Apple confirmed that its devices can be struck by bugs like Meltdown and Spectre.

Yes, your iPhone or Mac suffers from the same processor security flaw that affects other smartphones and computers.

Apple has put out a statement saying that the Meltdown and Spectre bugs affect "all Mac systems and iOS devices".

Apple Inc. said all Mac computers and iOS devices, like iPhones and iPads, are affected by chip security flaws unearthed this week, but the company stressed there are no known exploits impacting users.

"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.

Current updates to macOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, and Apple is working on providing better protections against Spectre. In the coming days the organization says it will discharge alleviations in Safari to help shield against Specter.

Apple said the Apple Watch would not be affected by Meltdown and that mitigations had already been applied to the following device OS releases: OS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2.

Apple says none of the security fixes it's discharged have caused quantifiable performance diminishes in Apple gadgets, and it doesn't anticipate that future patches will do as such either.

Apple is continuously developing and testing various mitigations and will release new updates further in all iOS, macOS and tvOS to tackle the situation. "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD", Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge.

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.

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