All iOS and Mac devices affected by Meltdown and Spectre, Apple confirms

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

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

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers including Apple's own Safari.

Meltdown and Spectre are major security flaws that leaves the devices vulnerable to hacking. 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 explains that, since exploiting this issue requires a malicious app to be loaded onto your device, it recommends users only download software from "trusted sources such as the App Store". Guess what! Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown.

In a new support document, Apple says that "all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected" by the vulnerability, but that there are no known exploits impacting customers right now...

Spectre is a name covering two different exploitation techniques known as CVE-2017-5753 or "bounds check bypass", and CVE-2017-5715 or "branch target injection". Apple said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices "in the coming days".

But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack, which does not affect the Apple Watch.

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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.

Now, the California tech giant has confirmed that it has released mitigations for macOS and iOS as well as Safari on the App Store.

"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected", Apple said on Thursday night. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

There's no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems.

The exploits were discovered by Google's Project Zero team last June and the entire tech industry was about to embark on a coordinated response that would go public on 9 January.

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