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Apple to issue fix for iPhones, Macs at risk from 'Spectre' chip flaw

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers

Reuters 

Apple iPhone Photo: Reuters
Apple iPhone Photo: Reuters

Inc will release a patch for the Safari web browser on its iPhones, and Macs within days, it said on Thursday, after major chipmakers disclosed flaws that leave nearly every modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

On Wednesday, Alphabet Inc's Google and other security researchers disclosed two major chip flaws, one called Meltdown affecting only Intel Corp chips and one called Spectre affecting nearly all computer chips made in the last decade.

The news sparked a sell-off in Intel's stock as investors tried to gauge the costs to the chipmaker.

In a statement on its website, said all Mac and iOS devices are affected by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent updates for Mac computers, TVs, and protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Watch.

Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. said it would issue a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices "in the coming days."

First Published: Fri, January 05 2018. 08:28 IST
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