Meltdown and Spectre flaws also affect all Apple Mac and iOS devices

Kelley Robertson
January 5, 2018

The company said in an online support document that it has recently added security protections to MacOS and iOS created to prevent one series of attacks, known as Meltdown, and is working to update Safari to prevent against another type of attack, dubbed Spectre. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues.

It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data.

The security vulnerabilities apply to all modern computer processors and affect almost all computers and smartphones, leaving tech companies scrambling to find a fix.

Apple confirms that Meltdown, Spectre design security flaw impacts all Intel, ARM devices, which means all Mac and iOS devices are affected.

Apple says that now there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time. However, Apple has advised its customers to download softwares only from trusted sources- Mac App Stores to help prevent any possible processor vulnerabilities.


Apple Watches were not believed to be affected.

Shortly after the researchers disclosed the chip flaws on Wednesday, Google and Microsoft released statements telling users which of their products were affected. 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.

While Apple has taken (and taking) measures against protecting users against Meltdown and Spectre, so have others.

The current updates to MacOS and iOS protect against Meltdown, but Apple said it will look to incorporate better protections against Spectre-type attacks in future updates to those operating systems. The company will release an update to its Safari web browser in coming days to defend against another form of the security flaw known as Spectre.

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.

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