On January 5, 2018, Apple Inc. mentioned that all Mac computers as well as their iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads are affected by the chip security flaw which occurred on the first week of the year. In which, technology companies are trying their best to fix this serious matter which affects computer processors created by Apple and other chipmakers, specifically individuals who possesses personal computers and smartphones.
Technology companies have discovered two major bugs upon investigating the chip security flaw, in which they’ve claimed that these hardware bugs can be utilize to allow the memory content of a computer or smartphone to be leaked; these could possibly exposed passwords and other sensitive data stored in the memory of a certain computer or smartphone affected by the said chip security flaw.
In accordance to this, modern processors are designed to perform speculative execution to deliver a better and enhance performance, were with the use of these modern processors, data is expected to be protected and isolated, however, with the issue about the Spectre or the chip security flaw: information can be exposed as the processor queues it up.
In addition, researchers also claimed that every devices such as desktops, smartphones, laptops and even cloud servers are being affected by the chip security flaw or the Spectre bug.
Given these statements, Apple Inc. claimed that there are no known exploits impacting users. Apple mentioned that recent software updates for their products such as iPads, iPhones, iPod touches as well as Mac desktops and laptops and the Apple TV lessen the vulnerabilities of being affected by the chip security flaw.
In an announcement by Apple on January 4, 2018, Apple mentioned that the company has released patch updates to defend its devices as well their consumers against the Meltdown or the chip security flaw. The company also added that they will also release updates in its Safari browser to help defend against Spectre bug or the chip security flaw the coming days.