Apple confirms computer chips flaws

Apple confirms computer chips flaws

The year isn't a week old and already tech firms have had a rough time of it. They have also forced many software and cloud services companies, including Amazon, Apple, IBM and Microsoft, to deploy fixes.

While that may not seem like news - aren't we always fending off one threat or another?

The lawyers representing the Californian claimants think there will be more cases coming to light in the coming months, describing it as "one of the largest security flaws ever facing the American public".

There are two separate problems. These vulnerabilities affect virtually all computers, including Apple, Windows, and Linux machines. Intel said its chips, which power Macs and devices from other manufacturers, contain the flaw as well as processors based on ARM Holdings architecture, which is used in iOS devices and Android smartphones. Spectre is believed to be more hard to exploit. They said the flaws were discovered a year ago. "But researchers warn that the weaknesses could be exploited via Javascript - meaning it might not be long before we see attacks that leverage the vulnerabilities being stitched into hacked or malicious Web sites".

In the meantime, the company said that devices and applications should be kept up-to-date to help keep hackers from exploiting the flaw.

How does this affect me?

Apple, like Microsoft, has urged users to download software only from trusted sources, such as the App Store.

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Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips.

"There are no known exploits impacting customers at this time", it said. Apple notes that benchmarks show "no measurable reduction" in macOS or iOS performance after the Meltdown patch and that upcoming Safari patches will have either "no measurable impact" or "an impact of less than 2.5 percent", depending on the benchmark. Next, you'll want to update your anti-virus software and be sure you're running the latest version of your web browser, both which can keep you safe from risky files that might use these exploits.

The company already released updates for Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7 operating systems.

· Make sure your browser is up to date.

"Therefore, we recommend that ESET users keep track of any related patches for their systems and apply them as soon as possible". The update will appear there when it is available.

iOS: Update your iOS device to iOS 11.2 by visiting your Settings > General > Software Update. To update Windows, click the Start button and click through these buttons: Settings, Update & security, Windows Update and Check for updates. On Windows 7, go to Control Panel System & Security Windows Update Check for Updates. Mozilla says it's also implementing a short-term mitigation that disables some capabilities of its Firefox browser.

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