Apple admits its products affected by global security flaw

05 January, 2018, 13:17 | Author: Randy Kelley
  • Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock

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 had been mum on the issue until this evening when a support document confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices were vulnerable.

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

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.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time", Apple said in a blog post that represented its first public comment on the processor vulnerability.

The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown.

Current updates to macOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, and Apple is working on providing better protections against Spectre. Apple Watch is not at risk since it runs watchOS.

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Apple's Spectre fix is still to come, though those vulnerabilities are harder to exploit, according to researchers.

The bigger immediate threat from Spectre, Apple said, is in the Safari browser.

Intel said it had planned to have fixes available soon.

Apple says it as of now discharged "alleviations" in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help safeguard against Meltdown.

In recent days, cybersecurity experts have released information about design flaws in microchips produced or designed by such companies as Intel, AMD and Arm Holdings, which control nearly all the chip market. Safari will also see an update and Apple stated its testing showed the mitigations did not severely impact performance with no "measurable reduction" in the performance as measured by the GeekBench 4 benchmark or common Web browsing benchmarks.

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