It was inevitable that devices made by Californian giant Apple would also succumb to the CPU vulnerabilities striking terror across the tech world.
Apple Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave almost every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems.
The tech giant said it is working on software updates to fix a pair of vulnerabilities which affect Apple gadgets as well as "all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems".
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.
In a blogpost, Apple said it had released updates for iOS, the software on its phones and tablets, macOS, which is used by its computers and tvOS for its television products.More news: Liberty Bowl: Memphis can set program record with win over Iowa State
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Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected. The statement further adds that the company will release mitigations in Safari to help defend against Spectre.
"Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processor products introduced within the past five years", an Intel spokesperson said. Thus, the company will release updates to Safari on iOS and macOS "in the coming days".
The good news is that "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time", and a fix could come soon, according to Apple.
Google Project Zero research team too conducted some test, which showed that a malicious app running on one virtual machine was able to access the physical memory of the host machine, and through that, gain read-access to the memory of a different virtual machine on the same host. Also, Apple Watch series is not affected by the Meltdown bug.
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.