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09 January 2018, 02:08 | Patty Hardy
Apple said last week all of its iOS and Mac devices were affected by the flaws, and it already released updates to mitigate against Meltdown. Experts are agreeing that wholesale hardware replacement, which could take years, is not considered necessary and that security patches would be sufficient to seal the flaws and secure the devices.
The more pervasive flaw of the two, dubbed Spectre, leaves the world's supply of microprocessors potentially vulnerable to attack, the researchers said. The Safari update also addresses Spectre risks. In the meantime, criminal actors and nation states could further develop the Spectre vulnerability, making attacks easier to execute. "Intel is committed to responsible disclosure".
There's no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said this week they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems and browsers to protect against one of the bugs. "Check with your operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available", the company said.
Meanwhile, Mac users can now install macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 for the same Safari fixes for laptops and desktops. In addition to this, since there is no hardware fix for the Spectre exploit, Apple is taking control over the issue through Safari based workarounds.
It's the second round of such updates from Apple, which confirmed on Thursday that all devices running iOS and macOS were affected.
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Microsoft said in a statement Thursday that it is not aware of any of these vulnerabilities being used against its customers.
Apple has released new security updates for iPhones, iPads, and Macs to protect users from a computer chip vulnerability known as Spectre.
Google also released mitigations for its many of products, and said a fix for its Chrome browser will be available later this month.
The flaws can be exploited in a side-channel attack, which take advantage of quirks in the computer processor's circuits rather than software vulnerabilities.