Apple warns iPhones, iPads and Mac computers hit by Intel flaw

Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock
Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock
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05 January, 2018

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The tech giant said it is working on software updates to fix a pair of vulnerabilities which affect Apple gadgets as well as "all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems".

The two security issues, dubbed "Meltdown" and "Spectre", affect almost every modern computing device - including smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

'All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.

Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited.

Apple has already pushed out "mitigations" to help defend iOS devices and Macs against Meltdown, the company said. Apple is also working on patches and updates to defend against Spectre and will release them as and when they're ready. "We proceed to create and test encourage alleviations for these issues and will discharge them in up and coming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", the article states.

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Now, the California tech giant has confirmed that it has released mitigations for macOS and iOS as well as Safari on the App Store.

The vulnerabilities - which exist at a hardware level - put the onus on system creators such as Apple, Microsoft and Google to release patches at an operating system level to prevent hackers from exploiting the opportunity to steal passwords, credit card numbers and other vital details. The bug "melts" down security boundaries, enabling applications to access system memory.

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

IDC estimated that there are 1.5bn PCs in use around the world today, out of which 90pc are powered by Intel processors.

However, the company allayed fears of its loyal consumers that there are no reported cases of any iPhones or MacBooks getting hacked so far.

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.


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