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Apple recognizes the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” vulnerabilities on iOS and Mac computers

Apple calls for calm after the general public became aware of the security issues with the vulnerabilities of “Meltdown” and “Spectre” .

They claim that the “Meltdown” vulnerability was fixed in the last updates for macOS, iOS and tvOS. Additionally, an update for Safari will be released to help prevent the “Spectre” vulnerability.

Apple recognizes the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” vulnerabilities on iOS and Mac computers
Apple recognizes the “Meltdown” and “Spectre” vulnerabilities on iOS and Mac computers

This type of vulnerability affects all computers with Intel or ARM processors , in this case, all Apple computers, both iOS and macOS.

A week ago, a serious vulnerability was made public, affecting Intel processors and consequently all major operating systems. But Apple had already known about this information for weeks, time in which it has been able to take advantage of it to release security updates.

This is not a problem unique to Apple, on the contrary, the problem comes from the processors . Intel or ARM cannot address the issue with an update of their own, so in this case Apple would be responsible for trying to fix the issue with as little negative impact on the devices as possible.

These vulnerabilities affect computer security and performance . In order to fix this problem through a software update, it could cause computers to slow down by 5-30%. On mobile devices such as an iPad, this impact would be less, according to security experts.

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On a general level, an ordinary user should not notice any drop in performance on a daily basis, for example by playing games or performing office actions. It would affect more processes that need to perform a large execution in the “cloud” and in companies that depend on specific architectures.

Apple announced in a recent release that they are working to release a new update for all of the brand’s devices. In addition to reporting in detail everything that happened with these vulnerabilities.

The vulnerability Meltdown is malware that can access and read sensitive information from users. In the case of Spectre , it can break security between two applications, can even be accessed from a browser using JavaScript. That’s why Apple is releasing an additional update for Safari.

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Apple insists that these vulnerabilities so far have not affected customers (no cases known). They add that Spectre is quite difficult to run, plus they recommend downloading software from reliable sources, such as the App Store.

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