Apple Releases Security Updates for Spectre CPU Flaw

Apple Releases Security Updates for Spectre CPU Flaw

Apple Releases Security Updates for Spectre CPU Flaw

Intel has highlighted its quick response to the exploits, which it learned about a year ago but only acknowledged on Wednesday after the existence of the Meltdown flaw began to leak through news websites. Apple said that it had released "mitigations" for its devices, which are all affected. Apple's security updates page also lists 2 other releases for today, including patches for Safari (11.0.2) and macOS High Sierra (10.13.2). "We are in the process of deploying mitigations to cloud services and released security updates on January 3 to protect Windows customers against vulnerabilities affecting supported hardware chips from Intel, Arm, and AMD", the company said.

The separate security flaws, known as "Meltdown" and "Spectre", have caused computer companies and software giants to rush through upgrades before hackers start taking advantage. The other, Spectre, is harder to fix, but also harder to exploit, making it less of an immediate threat to consumer devices.

ARM is the company behind an architecture that has been shipped in more than four billion chips installed in everything from smartphones to factories, and which is inside chips vulnerable to the Spectre flaw. The company said it will soon release a new version of its Safari web browser to protect customers against Spectre.

The bugs also affect cloud-computing services powering much of the internet.

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Meltdown and Spectre are two vulnerabilities that affect nearly all modern processors. To install it go to Settings General Software Update.

While security flaws are typically limited to a specific company or product, Intel says the problem is "not a bug or a flaw in Intel products" but rather a broader problem affecting processing techniques common to modern computing platforms. He now holds the minimum possible while remaining chief executive.

"It's a positive thing that we have independent verification - researchers looking for vulnerabilities", Daly said.

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