Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre.
Intel said its chips, which power Macs and devices from other manufacturers, contain the flaw as well as processors based on ARM Holdings architecture, which is used in iOS devices and Android smartphones.
Nearly every computing machine on this planet is affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws, including Apple products. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors. In a new support document, Apple says that "all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected" by the vulnerability, but that there are no known exploits impacting customers right now...
It also advised all users to download software only from trusted sources and avoid malicious apps.
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Intel products are said to be especially vulnerable, but the company issued a statement dismissing as inaccurate reports that the problem was unique to its products.
Apple also announced that it will be releasing patches for Spectre in the form of an update to web browser Safari in a few days. It said that Apple Watch is not affected. Another update is coming to protect the Safari browser from Spectre.
'Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown. The company pledged to issue updates to the Safari web browser in the coming days "to help mitigate against Spectre", which affects processors from Intel and nearly all suppliers, including AMD and Arm Holdings.
Apple says none of the security fixes it's discharged have caused quantifiable performance diminishes in Apple gadgets, and it doesn't anticipate that future patches will do as such either. "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS", Apple added.