Recently, Security researchers unveiled security issues because of chips named ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’, jeopardising the security of all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. Breaking silence, Apple confirmed that its systems were affected, but has also confirmed that every Apple system is safe now.
A security sting carried out by The Register revealed major security flaws found in Intel’s chipsets – found in almost every modern computing system across the world. These flawed chipsets are called ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ and can potentially gain access to personal information from all possible computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. It is also reported that Google, AMD and ARM were aware about it since six months and chose not to disclose it until last week. Breaking the ice, Apple confirmed that the chipset security flaws had affected Mac systems and iOS devices – which are one of the most secure operating systems. Apple also confirmed that all systems that were affected by Meltdown and Spectre are safe now.
Apple posted on its blog stating, “These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems. All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time.” Apple said that to exploit information from Apple devices, a malicious app needs to be loaded on the device and stopping that, could potentially prevent the spread and installation of any malicious code that might send out your personal details to anyone.
Warning about it, Apple suggests that all users should download software only from trusted sources such as the App Store. And to take a safer side, Apple has also rolled out mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against “Meltdown” and they are planning to provide ‘Spectre’ as a mitigation in Safari. Apple also promised to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS.