Apple Confirms Mac and iOS Devices Vulnerable to Intel, ARM Chip Flaws

Thus, Safari patch has been issued for the Meltdown bug, and Apple said that it's working on a fix for Spectre, which should be available "in the coming days".

Because the security flaw affects the microchip design integral to computers, it is more of a concern than more usual software bugs.

Apple has confirmed that almost all of its devices have been affected by the two major chip-level security flaws found earlier this week, Meltdown and Spectre.

Apple Watch users are not affected, the company has said.

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Mr Bennett said the flaw affected all computers, and there were some simple steps users could take to avoid the risk of hacking, such as keeping all operating systems and web browsers up to date and installing adblocker software.

Apple Inc AAPL.O 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 almost every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. The update features security fixes to resolve recent security flaws, namely, the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.

As such, Switchzilla said it will release software updates that address this vulnerability. The private data in the phones can hence be stolen by hackers.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp INTC.O chips and one called Spectre affecting almost all computer chips made in the last decade.

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And Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services. People with Google-supported Android phones including Nexus and Pixel devices will get that update, but others will have to wait for security updates from their manufacturers.

Users are being advised to install any software updates and be careful about what they download and the websites they visit. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS'. On Wednesday, Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel chips and one called Spectre affecting almost all computer chips made in the last decade.

To update your Windows 10 system, go to Settings Update & Security Windows Update Check for updates.

Browser makers Google, Microsoft and Mozilla's Firefox all confirmed that the patches they have in place now do not protect iOS users.

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