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Apple confirms its products are affected by processor bugs

by Danny Zepeda | January 5, 2018January 5, 2018 12:00 pm EST

Apple confirmed that every Mac and iOS device is affected by the Meltdown and Spectere bugs ravaging the chip industry.

Earlier this week, news broke of a specific security flaw affecting Intel chips. Since Apple uses Intel chips for its computers, it was assumed its products were affected, but the company stayed quiet about the issue until now. In a statement released by Apple, it opened up about the issue.

“All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” related Apple. “Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

The Meltdown bug specifically affects Intel chips while the Spectre bugs affect a wider array of CPUs, including Intel, AMD and mobile ARM chips.

Apple goes on to say it started to mitigate the issue with patches pushed out with iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2, with more on the way. Patches are in the works for Safari for iOS and macOS, which is the easiest avenue to exploit the bug.

The lone Apple product not affected by the issue is the Apple Watch.

The issues with the Meltdown and Spectre bugs aren’t going away. Apple can push out fixes for the Meltdown bug for Intel chips, but the Spectre bug requires a redesign of the chip processor to fix the issue. It’ll be a while before this whole debacle can be overcome.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...