Your iPhones, iPads and MacBooks are vulnerable to hackers, Apple warns

Your iPhones, iPads and MacBooks are vulnerable to hackers, Apple warns

Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected.

Apple explains that, since exploiting this issue requires a malicious app to be loaded onto your device, it recommends users only download software from "trusted sources such as the App Store".

The California-based company said it had already released a patch for the Safari web browser on its iOS-operated devices to protect against Meltdown and would issue another "in the coming days" to "to help defend against Spectre".

Apple said it had already released "mitigations" against Meltdown in its latest iPhones and iPad operating system update - iOS 11.2 and the macOS 10.13.2 for its MacBooks and iMacs.

The tech development expert has said the Apple watch isn't affected by Meltdown and that it has already released updates to protect other products from that problem.

Apple has promised to roll-out security patch for Safari browser application to help defend against Spectre soon.

The microchip flaw affects device running the company's iOS and macOS operating systems, as well as the Apple TV. The company's full statement, available through a new support document covering Meltdown and Spectre, is below: Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre.

According to the tech giant, despite the issues being present, there have been no known exploits to hit any Apple product users so far.

An update from Apple on what is needed for its Mac computers and iOS devices is expected. Apple will release an update for Safari on macOS and iOS in the coming days to mitigate these exploit techniques.

Apple simply distributed another help archive clarifying that iOS and macOS could be assaulted by the newfound (and exceptionally risky) Meltdown and Specter misuses.

There is no evidence that the flaws - which affect computer processors built by Intel and ARM - have been exploited by hackers, though companies including Microsoft have been working to provide fixes.

Google Project Zero research team too conducted some test, which showed that a malicious app running on one virtual machine was able to access the physical memory of the host machine, and through that, gain read-access to the memory of a different virtual machine on the same host.

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