Recently two major computing architecture bugs called Meltdown and Spectre were revealed. These bugs in processors can be utilised by hackers in order to gain access to protected user data.
Following ARM’s revelation that its chips are affected by the Meltdown and Spectre computing architecture bugs, Apple has also made an announced saying all Mac systems and iOS devices are affected by it. Apple goes further in saying that the company has already put mitigations in place while more are on the way, and the bugs will be ‘mitigated’ with software updates.
In fact Apple has already mitigated the Meltdown bug in iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV with the release of iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2 and tvOS 11.2. For Spectre Apple says patches are forthcoming, with an imminent update for Safari on both Mac and iOS platforms that will help mitigate the techniques that can be used to exploit devices with this bug.
Apple has also noted that “there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time”, indicating that your data is safe at the moment while reassuring no hacks were performed on Apple users in the past as well.
The company has advised its users to not download content from untrusted sources and only use the App Store for downloading apps. Since hackers need to run code natively on your machine in order to take advantage of the exploit, if you are not downloading stuff from untrusted sources you will stay safe. [Apple]
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