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

Randall Craig
January 5, 2018

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting almost all computer chips made in the last decade. Apple had been mum on the issue until this evening when a support document confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices were vulnerable.

Nearly every computing machine on this planet is affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws, including Apple products.

APPLE has admitted that all of its Macs, iPhones and iPads are affected by the two newly-discovered major chip security flaws that are said to impact all Intel CPUs of the last ten years.

Apple's statement also said there are no known exploits now impacting customers.

In a blog post, the Cupertino company said that the flaws, known as Meltdown and Spectre, affect all Macs and iOS devices, but downloading its latest software update will fix at least one of the vulnerabilities.

Apple explains that Meltdown "has the the most potential to be exploited", while Spectre is "extremely difficult" to exploit. " However, the Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown bug". 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. "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", reads the statement. 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.

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

When the chip vulnerability was first starting to be discussed publicly, some cybersecurity researchers said a fix for it could reduce the performance of affected systems by as much as 30%. Expect updates to Safari for iOS and macOS in the coming days that will mitigate that vulnerability, Apple says.

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