All Mac, iOS devices affected by CPU flaws, confirms Apple

Published on January 6, 2018

Apple has reportedly confirmed that all their Mac and IOS devices are currently facing the problem caused by two major security flaws – Meltdown and Spectre at the moment. They published an official blog on Thursday, 4th December 2017, stating that they have “roiled the computing industry for the past twenty-four hours,” a report by The Verge reads.

The company is working on updating all its operating systems with a fix to this problem. The Cupertino giant, as described by The Verge, has joined the race to patch operating systems and their computing infrastructure with the highest level of security.

“All Mac systems and IOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time. Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or IOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store,” the company wrote in an official blog post. The Tim Cook-led company is among the last ones to speak about the problems occurring in their systems, especially relating to these two security flaws, namely Meltdown and Spectre.

It was already believed by most that Apple devices are affected by the problem too, as the company made use of components from Intel and ARM. The company further went on to state that they have already initiated certain fixes in order to create a diversion from the potential consequences of Meltdown. Apple has released security patches for iOS (11.2), macOS (10.13.2), and tvOS (11.2).

Apart from this, the company went on to state that they plan on issuing patches for Safari on Mac OS and IOS soon enough. Their main objective is to ensure that all their devices remain safeguarded against Spectre, which is more easily exploitable and affects devices using chips from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Fortunately for Apple Watch users, their devices aren’t affected by the security flaws as of yet and this has been confirmed by Apple.

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