All Macs, iOS devices affected by chip security flaws - Apple warns

Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock

Apple has admitted that a pair of security vulnerabilities in processors affect "nearly all" iOS devices and Mac computers.

The tech giant said it is working on software updates to fix a pair of vulnerabilities which affect Apple gadgets as well as "all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems".

As the world absorbed the news that chips on practically every device made in the last decade are vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown, the only tech giant staying quiet was Apple.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time ..."

The tech giant added that it has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown, and the Apple Watch is not affected.

An update from Apple on what is needed for its Mac computers and iOS devices is expected.

The company advised millions of customers to download software only from trusted sources after the security vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, were revealed on Wednesday.

Cloud administrations possessed by Amazon, Microsoft, and Google itself have additionally been utilizing Project Zero's examination to make and issue patches for their servers, while numerous other littler cloud suppliers who had not been beforehand told about the defect are now scrambling to fix their machines. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors.

Apple has promised to roll-out security patch for Safari browser application to help defend against Spectre soon.

Meltdown - which may affect desktop, laptops, and cloud computers - can be found on the vast majority of processors designed by Intel since 1995, except for its Itanium and Atom processors before 2013. Thus, the company will release updates to Safari on iOS and macOS "in the coming days".

Google Project Zero research team too conducted some test, which showed that a malicious app running on one virtual machine was able to access the physical memory of the host machine, and through that, gain read-access to the memory of a different virtual machine on the same host.

There is no evidence that the flaws - which affect computer processors built by Intel and ARM - have been exploited by hackers, though companies including Microsoft have been working to provide fixes.

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