All iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by Intel flaw

All iPhones, iPads and Macs hit by Intel flaw

Apple said it now plans to release fixes for its Safari browser "over the coming days" to help defend against Spectre.

To get up to speed on the issue, check out our news on the critical bug in Intel CPUs, as well as Intel's response. The paper describing the Spectre data-snooping attacks mentions that Qualcomm's CPUs are affected, while the Meltdown paper doesn't conclude either way. Then on Wednesday, Intel, Arm and others acknowledged their processors are affected by the flaws.

The flaws, found by a number of people including a member of Google's Project Zero, are sending shock waves through the IT world.

iPhone and Mac owners, you're not escaping unscathed from the flaws affecting the processors inside laptops, PCs and smartphones.

Should I be anxious about Spectre and Meltdown?

Apple isn't immune to Meltdown and Spectre, the major bugs in basic computing architecture that were announced yesterday to widespread amazement and horror.

Intel has claimed that the exploits can't corrupt, modify or delete data.

Recorded Future security architect Allan Liska noted in a blog post that the flaws present a particular threat to cloud services, since segmentation of those services could be disrupted by exploiting the flaw.

Below you'll find ways to fix and protect yourself against the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws for a range of devices.

"Keep in mind that this is a new type of vulnerability, something we haven't seen before", Liska wrote. Google's Pixel phones will receive it automatically, while owners of other Android devices are at the mercy of their device manufacturers and wireless carriers, which decide when updates are rolled out.

Although hackers will find it harder to take advantage of Spectre, it is also more challenging for computer manufacturers to ward off, the researchers said.

Technology companies are working to protect their customers after researchers revealed that major security flaws affecting almost every modern computer processor could allow hackers to steal stored data - including passwords and other sensitive information - on desktops, laptops, mobile phones and cloud networks around the globe. Go to Settings General Software Update and download any update that's waiting for you.

Apple released mitigations for Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. watchOS did not require mitigation.

Meltdown affects Intel processors and works by penetrating through the barrier that prevents applications from accessing arbitrary locations in kernel memory.

The Android 2018-01-05 Security Patch Level is the first fix for speculative execution, and it is already available as of Thursday. Apple Watch is only affected by Spectre, and Apple TVs are affected - but few details were given.

The company has promised that the next version of Chrome, dubbed Chrome 64, will include "mitigations to protect against exploitation". In an announcement, the company said that "all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected", which sounds right, but that mitigations are either already in place or on the way.

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