Apple share price: All Apple devices affected by processing chip flaw

Apple share price: All Apple devices affected by processing chip flaw

Apple share price: All Apple devices affected by processing chip flaw

Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch, it said, as the bug was an issue with Intel processors which are not contained in that device.

"Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre", Apple added.

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.

There is no evidence that the flaws - which affect computer processors built by Intel and ARM - have been exploited by hackers, though companies including Microsoft have been working to provide fixes.

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. Then Google's Project Zero team, which tracks down zero-day vulnerabilities on computer systems, reported that the flaw impacts almost all modern processors.

Tech giant Apple has said that all Mac and IOS products are affected by the chip flaw that has been reported in recent days.

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"All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time ..." It urges users to only download software from trusted sources, i.e. the App Store, and has already released 'mitigations against one of the flaws in its latest iPhone and iPad operating system updates.

As far as it matters for its, Intel said in an announcement on Thursday that it "has created and is quickly issuing refreshes for a wide range of Intel-based PC frameworks-including PCs and servers-that render those frameworks invulnerable from the two endeavors... detailed by Google Project Zero", whose specialists helped unobtrusively find the defects a year ago.

Q&A What can I do about the Meltdown and Spectre flaws? Fixes for Linux and Windows are already available. "We also collaborated with hardware and software manufacturers across the industry to help protect their users and the broader web", Google said in a security blog. Users of other devices will have to wait for the updates to be pushed out by third-party manufacturers, including Samsung, Huawei and OnePlus.

It was inevitable that devices made by Californian giant Apple would also succumb to the CPU vulnerabilities striking terror across the tech world.

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