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A major security flaw in Intel chipsets was discovered this week, and this essentially affects almost all PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones out there. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues.

Despite concern that fixes may slow down devices, Apple said its steps to address the Meltdown issue haven't dented performance.

Apple has put out a statement saying that the Meltdown and Spectre bugs affect "all Mac systems and iOS devices".

Apple says that now there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time.

The company admitted in a blog post yesterday that it was working to mitigate the effects of the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws in chips from third-party manufacturers used in Apple devices.

Apple explains that Meltdown "has the the most potential to be exploited", while Spectre is "extremely difficult" to exploit.

The bigger immediate threat from Spectre, Apple said, is in the Safari browser.

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Apple says it as of now discharged "alleviations" in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help safeguard against Meltdown.

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.

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

The vulnerabilities - which exist at a hardware level - put the onus on system creators such as Apple, Microsoft and Google to release patches at an operating system level to prevent hackers from exploiting the opportunity to steal passwords, credit card numbers and other vital details.

Patches against Spectre, in the form of an update to web browser Safari, will be released "in the coming days". "We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS", Apple added.

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%.


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