Apple says all iOS devices, Macs affected by processor flaws

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BY SHARA TIBKEN

Those major chip security flawsdetailed Wednesday, impact all Macs and iOSdevices. But Apple said downloading its latest software updates fixes one of the vulnerabilities.

Apple on Thursday said all of its computers, iPhones and iPads are affected by the two newly discovered flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre. It said at that time that the Apple Watch isn’t impacted by Meltdown, and on Friday added that the smartwatch isn’t affected by Spectre, either. Apple TVs, meanwhile, are affected.

The company didn’t immediately give additional information about which Apple TVmodels are impacted.

Apple said, though, that “there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time” and that for a hacker to exploit the flaws, there would also have to be a malicious app loaded on a Mac or iOS device. Apple recommended only downloading software from trusted locations like its App Store to avoid software with malware.

Apple said iOS 11.2, MacOS 10.13.2 and TVOS 11.2 already defend against the Meltdown flaw. It plans to release fixes for its Safari browser over the coming days to help defend against the Spectre flaw.

“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 said on a support page.

MORE:https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-ipad-mac-ios-safari-processor-flaw-meltdown-spectre-intel-arm/

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