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Chip Security Flaws Could Affects All Macs, iPhones And iPads, Says Apple


01/07/2018


Chip Security Flaws Could Affects All Macs, iPhones And iPads, Says Apple
While stressing that there had been no reports of any known hacking or even attempts to do so, iPhone manufacturer Apple Inc. has said that the chip security bug that was detected and revealed earlier this week, have the potential of affecting all of its Mac computers and iOS devices such as the iPhones and iPads.
 
Threats from ‘Meltdown’, which is one of the deficiencies that were revealed to exit in some of the chips, have been mitigated by recent updates of software meant for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box, said the Cupertino, California-based company. The company said that a derivative of the iPhone’s operating system that runs the Apple Watch has not been affected.
 
The performance of the devices has not been impacted by the measures taken to counter the threats from Meltdown, Apple said, even though there have been recently concerns that some such updates of the company had allegedly slowed down performance in older iPhones. Threats related to Spectre, which is the second form of chip bug that has been unearthed, would be issued by Apple through a software update by the company on its Safari web browser within the coming days. Apple said in a statement posted on its website that these steps could slow the speed of the browser by less than 2.5 percent.
 
A chip-processing technique called speculative execution is the area around which the vulnerability was discovered in the semiconductors of Intel Corp., the company had confirmed on Wednesday.
 
Intel said its chips, which power Macs and devices from other manufacturers, contain the flaw as well as processors based on ARM Holdings architecture, which is used in iOS devices and Android smartphones.
 
In December, there were allegations and concerns expressed by users and experts about how some of the older iPhones making use of old batteries had began to slow down in performance after a software update issued by the company. Apple had brought down the cost of replacing of the battery units from $79 to $29 till the end of 2018 in addition to issuing an apology along with an explanation of how its software upgrade was issued to counter balance the impact of old and aging batteries on iPhones.
 
The announcement of the its deices containing the computer-chip flaw and the potential of being affected was not reflected on the shares of the company as they remained flat. After the chip flaw was revealed, there was a drop of 5.7 percent in the share prices of Intel and touched $42.69 in New York on Thursday while gaining back some value later on to reach $44.43. last Wednesday the same issue had forced a drop of 3.4 percent in the shares of the company on Wednesday.
 
The chip security vulnerability had put government offices and public health institutions – which are amongst the most regulated of industries, in the face of the gravest danger of the flaw, said security experts.
 
(Source:www.bloomberg.com)