Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

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But the Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in all modern computer processing units - or microchips - made by Intel and ARM, and together the firms supply nearly the entire global computer market.

In fact, Mac devices have always believed to be less vulnerable to viruses and security issues as compared to Android of Microsoft operating systems.

Meltdown and Spectre are what are known as exploits, vulnerabilities or weaknesses, even though they are being reported widely as bugs or flaws on central processing units (CPUs), the computer chips at the heart of every PC or smartphone. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems.

All iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by Meltdown and Spectre bugs, Apple has told users of its devices.

The tech giant released the statement, "All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time". Apple also added that since it would take a malicious app to set off Meltdown or Spectre, it recommends that iOS and Mac users install apps from a trusted source only, such as the App Store.

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The company has said that it will release a patch to protect its browser, Safari, against Spectre.

Apple's Spectre fix is still to come, though those vulnerabilities are harder to exploit, according to researchers.

In a blog post, Apple said it had released software updates for iOS, its phone and tablets software, macOS, used by its computers, and tvOS for its television products.

Apple watch however was safe from the security flaw. 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. Safari will also see an update and Apple stated its testing showed the mitigations did not severely impact performance with no "measurable reduction" in the performance as measured by the GeekBench 4 benchmark or common Web browsing benchmarks. "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.

  • Kyle Warner