Apple says devices vulnerable to chip flaws

Company taking steps to secure devices, Apple Watch not affected

Newly discovered processor flaws Meltdown and Spectre have left virtually every computing device and operating system vulnerable to hackers, and Apple is the latest to confirm that its devices are affected.

However, the company says customers shouldn't be too concerned as recent software updates will address possible issues.

Patches issued

In a statement on its website, Apple said the Apple Watch would not be affected by Meltdown and that mitigations had already been applied to the following device OS releases: OS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2.

It also said that "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time". Safari will also see an update and Apple stated its testing showed the mitigations hadn't severely impacted performance, with no "measurable reduction" according to the GeekBench 4 benchmark or common Web browsing benchmarks.

The company also advised users to only download apps from secure sources as malicious apps are one way for hackers to tap into the Meltdown and Spectre chip vulnerabilities.

[Source: Apple]