All iPhones vulnerable to hacking due to Intel bug, reveals report

All iPhones vulnerable to hacking due to Intel bug, reveals report

All iPhones vulnerable to hacking due to Intel bug, reveals report

Guess what! Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown.

Yes, your iPhone or Mac suffers from the same processor security flaw that affects other smartphones and computers.

A PAIR of security vulnerabilities affect virtually all Apple products but are not now affecting users, the company said.

The microchip flaw affects device running the company's iOS and macOS operating systems, as well as the Apple TV. Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.

The bigger immediate threat from Spectre, Apple said, is in the Safari browser.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected", Apple said on Thursday night.

Further mitigations will be released in the coming days in Apple's Safari to help defend against Spectre. So while Macs and iOS devices, often hailed for being very secure, aren't immune, Apple's latest bulletin basically says stay calm and keep updated.

But it advised downloading software only from trusted sources to avoid "malicious" apps.

"We're aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers".

"Our testing with public benchmarks has shown that the changes in the December 2017 updates resulted in no measurable reduction in the performance of macOS and iOS", the company said in its blog post.

Spectre and Meltdown are serious vulnerabilities that take advantage of the speculative execution mechanism of a CPU.

Apple's statement comes just two days after it was reported on Wednesday that all Intel chips produced over the last decade feature a design flaw that could put all Windows, Linux and macOS kernels at risk by essentially allowing commonly used programs to read or discern the contents and layout of a computer's protected kernel memory areas.

The Cupertino-based technology giant added that to actually exploit these vulnerabilities and carry out an attack will require that a malicious app be loaded onto the particular Mac or iOS device.

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 has already released all of those updates, so if you own any of those devices, you can protect them by making sure your operating system is up-to-date.

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