Your iPhones, iPads and MacBooks are vulnerable to hackers, Apple warns

Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock

An update from Apple on what is needed for its Mac computers and iOS devices is expected.

"Security researchers have recently uncovered security issues known by two names, Meltdown and Spectre", Apple said in its post.

The security vulnerabilities apply to all modern computer processors and affect almost all computers and smartphones, leaving tech companies scrambling to find a fix.

Apple explains that, since exploiting this issue requires a malicious app to be loaded onto your device, it recommends users only download software from "trusted sources such as the App Store".

In a blogpost, Apple said it had released updates for iOS, the software on its phones and tablets, macOS, which is used by its computers and tvOS for its television products.

Apple has promised to roll-out security patch for Safari browser application to help defend against Spectre soon. Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cyber security firm Carbon Black, said the delay in updating customers about whether Apple's devices are at risk could affect Apple's drive to get more business customers to adopt its hardware.

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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 almost all computer chips made in the last decade. "We proceed to create and test encourage alleviations for these issues and will discharge them in up and coming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS", the article states.

According to the tech giant, despite the issues being present, there have been no known exploits to hit any Apple product users so far.

The company has said that it will release a patch to protect its browser, Safari, against Spectre.

There's no evidence that bad actors have yet exploited the bugs, but companies from Microsoft to Mozilla said they have worked to patch up vulnerabilities to their operating systems.

As far as it matters for its, Intel said in an announcement on Thursday that it "has created and is quickly issuing refreshes for a wide range of Intel-based PC frameworks-including PCs and servers-that render those frameworks invulnerable from the two endeavors... detailed by Google Project Zero", whose specialists helped unobtrusively find the defects a year ago.

The Register originally reported the story of the "Kernel memory" leaks and design flaws in Intel processors.

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