Apple says Meltdown and Spectre flaws affect all Mac and iOS devices

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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.

It confirmed that Apple Watches have not been affected by Meltdown.

In a statement on its website, Apple said all Mac and iOS devices were affected by both Meltdown and Spectre.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting almost all computer chips made in the last decade. Because these processors and their architecture is commonly used on almost on smartphones, laptops, computers, etc it means every single known device is vulnerable to these exploits.

Apple said that it has already released patches to fight against the Meltdown flaw in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2.

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.

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"In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre", the iPhone maker explained. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors.

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

An update from Apple on what is needed for its Mac computers and iOS devices is expected. "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", reads the statement. Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques.

And Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services.

Researchers at Google's Project Zero and academic institutions including the Graz University of Technology in Austria discovered the problem past year and disclosed it Wednesday.

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