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Apple is updating its software to combat chip security holes


Published Date: 1/5/2018 2:03:23 AM
  • Apple said it has already released macOS and iOS updates to protect against the Meltdown vulnerability.
  • Updates are forthcoming for Apple's Safari browser for macOS and iOS.
Tim Cook

Apple on Thursday said it will be releasing more software updates to protect against recently disclosed security vulnerabilities.

This marked the first time that the company had made a formal statement about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which were reported to affect phones, servers andPCs.

Apple said that recent updates to its iOS, macOS and tvOS operating systems included protections against the Meltdown issue, which has been shown to affect several Intel chips. Apple said the operating system for its Apple Watch didn't need a fix.

The Spectre vulnerability affects more chips, including the Arm processors used in iPhones and iPads. On a new support page on its web site, Apple said that this vulnerability is "extremely difficult to exploit." Nonetheless the company will issue updates to its Safari browser for iOS and macOS to close the vulnerability "in the coming days."

Apple says the patches will have "no measurable effect" on performance. It also recommended that customers download software only from "trusted sources" like the Apple App Store, "since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device."


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