Confirmed: Apple Mac & iOS Devices Are Affected By Meltdown And Spectre

On Thursday, Apple confirmed that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, which are two major bugs in the basic computing architecture on nearly every device.

Apple made an announcement on its website that all Mac and iOS devices are affected by Meltdown and Spectre, which are serious bugs that allow critical information such as passwords, and encrypted communications stored deep within a computer system to be exposed.

If you don’t know what Meltdown and Spectre are, here’s a portion of a TechCrunch report explaining them.

“Meltdown affects Intel processors, and works by breaking through the barrier that prevents applications from accessing arbitrary locations in kernel memory… Spectre affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors, broadening its reach to include mobile phones, embedded devices, and pretty much anything with a chip in it.”

If you have an Apple Watch, you won’t have to worry about this problem affecting your device since the Apple Watch doesn’t have an Intel processor inside it. As for the rest of Apple’s devices, the company is working hard to fix the problem.

Apple has already released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown. Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown. In the coming days we plan to release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre. We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

For now, it’s best to update to the latest software release to ensure your protection. You can also read more about this issue over at TechCrunch‘s website.


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