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  Technology   In Other news  05 Jan 2018  Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

REUTERS
Published : Jan 5, 2018, 8:02 am IST
Updated : Jan 5, 2018, 8:02 am IST

The most recent OS updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against 'Meltdown' and don't slow down the devices.

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. (Representative Photo)
 Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. (Representative Photo)

Apple will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc’s Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel chips and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade. The news sparked a sell-off in Intel’s stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the chipmaker.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices are affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. Apple said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices “in the coming days.”

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