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Apple says all Macs, iPhones, iPads exposed to chip flaw

Apple says all Macs, iPhones, iPads exposed to chip flaw

Apple has admitted that a pair of security vulnerabilities in processors affect "nearly all" iOS devices and Mac computers.

Update: Apple Watch is unaffected by both Meltdown and Spectre. In the case of Meltdown, the exploit allows a user-based application to read kernel memory, meaning anything protected on your machine such as passwords, credit card info and other sensitive data is vulnerable. None of these vulnerabilities have yet to be exploited in the wild.

The security vulnerabilities apply to all modern computer processors and affect almost all computers and smartphones, leaving tech companies scrambling to find a fix.

Apple stressed that there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time, but that could soon change.

Apple's support document outlines the steps the company has taken to address those issues.

The current updates to MacOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, but Apple said it will look to incorporate better protections against Spectre-type attacks in future updates to those operating systems.

Apple plans to shortly release a patch against Spectre, but BBC News added that "Spectre is thought to be much harder to patch and no fix for it has yet been made widely available".

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The company said it would release a patch to help guard Safari against Spectre and advised only downloading software from trustworthy sources. "Of course, smartphone vendors can update software to fix the problem, but the move is expected to dent the performance of devices".

One of the two flaws, dubbed Meltdown, affects only Intel microprocessor architectures - going all the way back to about 1995.

There's no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said this week they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems and browsers to protect against one of the bugs.

(Web Desk) - All iPhones, iPads, Macs, Macbooks and other Apple devices are vulnerable to hacking after the revelation of major Intel bug, recent report revealed.

Intel and ARM insisted that the issue was not a design flaw, but it will require users to download a patch and update their operating system to fix.

Daniel Gruss, the 31-year-old information security researcher and post-doctoral fellow at Austria's Graz Technical University who discovered the Meltdown flaw, welcomed Intel's white paper on the issue.

In a statement on Thursday, Intel said it and its partners "have made significant progress in deploying updates" to mitigate any threats.