Apple warns iPhones, iPads and Mac computers hit by Intel flaw

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

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.

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

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

Just hours after a computer chip flaw exposed majority of smartphones, computers, cloud storage, tablets and laptops to malicious activities, Apple today admitted that all of its iPhones, iPads and computers have been affected by the processor flaw, which could leave it vulnerable to hackers.

Apple simply distributed another help archive clarifying that iOS and macOS could be assaulted by the newfound (and exceptionally risky) Meltdown and Specter misuses. The latest versions of its mobile, desktop, and Apple TV operating systems - iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2, respectively - all contain fixes meant to mitigate the Meltdown exploit in particular.

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Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre.

"Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years", an Intel spokesperson said.

Apple said it will release an update for its web browser, Safari, in the next few days. Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.

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%. "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and have also released security updates to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, ARM, and AMD", Microsoft said in a statement to The Verge. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

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