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Apple's message for its device users on biggest security flaws - 2 months ago in 2018

Technology giant Apple will unveil a patch for  Safari web browser on its iPhones, iPads, and Macs within a few days, the company said on Thursday, after big chipmakers revealed flaws which leave almost all modern computing device vulnerable to hackers.

On Wednesday, Alphabet,  Google's parent company, and other security researchers revealed two major chip flaws, one by the name  Meltdown impacting only Intel Corp chips and another by the name Spectre impacting almost all of the computer chips manufactured in the last decade.

Apple in a statement on its website has said that all Mac and iOS devices are impacted by both Meltdown and Spectre. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads shields users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch.

Macs and iOS devices are can be impacted by Spectre attacks through code that can run in web browsers. Apple said it would roll out a patch to its Safari web browser for those devices "in the coming days."

After the researchers disclosed the chip errors on Wednesday, Google and Microsoft Corp issued statements informing about the products which were affected. Google informed that its  Android phone users which make up more than 80 percent of the global market - were protected if they have installed the newest updates.

Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cybersecurity firm Carbon Black, said the holdup in updating customers about whether Apple's devices are at risk could impact Apple's drive to get more business customers to implement its hardware.

"Something this severe gets the attention of all the employees and executives at a company, and when they go asking the IT and security people about it and security doesn't have an answer for iPhones and iPads, it just doesn't give a whole lot of confidence," said Johnson.


Source : https://www.techgig.com/tech-news/Apple-s-message-for-its-device-users-on-biggest-security-flaws-151129

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