All Mac, iOS devices affected by chip bugs but safe now: Apple

Apple Stock Brushes Off Spectre, Meltdown Risks

Apple Stock Brushes Off Spectre, Meltdown Risks

Essentially, the vulnerabilities affect the kernel of the chips and could allow an attacker to read information that should otherwise be inaccessible.

In a January 4th, 2018 statement, the Cupertino computing giant confirmed that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security risks, "but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time". Spectre is still largely an unknown, and security researchers are advising that it's more hard to exploit than Meltdown. The flaws affect modern processors including Intel, AMD and ARM that use "speculative execution" to enhance performance.

No. The researchers who discovered Meltdown said that patching systems would slow them down by as much as 30% in certain situations.

"The full extent of this class of attack is still under investigation and we are working with security researchers and other browser vendors to fully understand the threat and fixes", said Mozilla researcher Luke Wagner in a blog post.

Be careful what you are installing on your device.

To keep your Apple products secure and protected from the Meltdown flaw exploiting the way processors optimise performance, make sure you're updated your devices accordingly.

The vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to steal your passwords and other sensitive information.

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. Apple developers are still trying to find a way to mitigate Spectre, and a fix should be coming to Safari within the next few days. "Check with your operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available", the company said.

Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch, it said.

Amazon, Google and Microsoft said that they had already patched most of the of servers that underpin their cloud computing services, and that largely addresses the problem. Google released those changes to its Android partners last month. For example, in Google's Chrome browser on a computer, you can click on the three dots in the upper-right corner and click Update Google Chrome. Other web browsers, such as Edge, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, already have patches in place in their respective latest versions.

The company already released updates for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 operating systems. The best thing to do is to check your provider has done the necessary security patches and always risk assess the information you are storing on these systems. As tech website Cyberscoop reports, some computer security companies are scrambling to reconfigure their software so it works with Microsoft's update. But AMD also told its customers that "total protection from all possible attacks remains an elusive goal" and encouraged them to regularly update their software.

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