All Macs, iOS devices affected by chip security flaws - Apple warns

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

Apple says that now there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time. However, Apple has advised its customers to download softwares only from trusted sources- Mac App Stores to help prevent any possible processor vulnerabilities.

The two security flaws have caused issues across the technology industry, leaving tech companies scrambling to push out fixes. "Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown", the company said.

Spectre is an exploit that breaks the isolation between different applications on chips from Intel, AMD and ARM, and potentially allows hackers to "trick" error-free programmes that normally follow best practices into "leaking" their secrets. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors.

(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.

"In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre", the iPhone maker explained.

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. We continue to develop and test further mitigations within the operating system for the Spectre techniques, and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

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

Even so, as Devin Coldewey reports for Techcrunch: "If you're wondering why people keep saying, "mitigate" instead of "fix" or "counteract" or something, it's because Meltdown and Spectre take advantage of computing practices so basic that avoiding them is extremely hard and complex". And because of a flaw in CPU design, user space, a.k.a. regular programs, can access supposedly protected kernel space memory in order to inject malicious code that the CPU will unwittingly execute in advance. Apple notes, however, that Spectre can be exploited in JavaScript running in a web browser.

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