Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

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The company said in an online support document that it has recently added security protections to MacOS and iOS created to prevent one series of attacks, known as Meltdown, and is working to update Safari to prevent against another type of attack, dubbed Spectre.

In fact, Mac devices have always believed to be less vulnerable to viruses and security issues as compared to Android of Microsoft operating systems.

Apple confirmed that its devices can be struck by bugs like Meltdown and Spectre.

Two bugs - Meltdown and Spectre - have been identified which could now leak your sensitive data like passwords, photos, business documents to hackers thanks to "design flaws" in their manufacture. "Analysis of these techniques revealed that while they are extremely hard to exploit, even by an app running locally on a Mac or iOS device, they can be potentially exploited in JavaScript running in a web browser", Apple said.

It also advised all users to download software only from trusted sources and avoid malicious apps.

While Apple has taken (and taking) measures against protecting users against Meltdown and Spectre, so have others.

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The company has said that it will release a patch to protect its browser, Safari, against Spectre.

Apple says none of the security fixes it's discharged have caused quantifiable performance diminishes in Apple gadgets, and it doesn't anticipate that future patches will do as such either. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.

Apple is continuously developing and testing various mitigations and will release new updates further in all iOS, macOS and tvOS to tackle the situation.

Apple has already pushed out "mitigations" to help defend iOS devices and Macs against Meltdown, the company said.

In recent days, cybersecurity experts have released information about design flaws in microchips produced or designed by such companies as Intel, AMD and Arm Holdings, which control nearly all the chip market.