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05 January 2018, 01:15 | Harold Aguilar
Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock
Apple's statement comes just two days after it was reported on Wednesday that all Intel chips produced over the last decade feature a design flaw that could put all Windows, Linux and macOS kernels at risk by essentially allowing commonly used programs to read or discern the contents and layout of a computer's protected kernel memory areas. These issues apply to all modern processors and affect almost all computing devices and operating systems.
Apple stressed that there were no known instances of hackers taking advantage of the flaw to date.
Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than, for example Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems.
Apple says that now there are no known exploits that are impacting users at this time.
The Cupertino, California-based company said recent software updates for iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Mac desktops and laptops, and the Apple TV set-top-box mitigate one of the vulnerabilities known as Meltdown.
It said the AppleWatch is not affected by Spectre.
Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre. While that attack is thought to be more difficult to pull off, it's also harder to guard against, and Apple Watch is as vulnerable to it as the rest of Apple's product line.
"We're aware of this industry-wide issue and have been working closely with chip manufacturers to develop and test mitigations to protect our customers".
These steps could slow the speed of the browser by less than 2.5 percent, Apple said in a statement posted on its website. The most likely way that malicious code could get on your device would be through a web browser; Apple plans to issue a fix for Safari on Macs and iOS devices in coming days that would address that threat.
Apple has already pushed out "mitigations" to help defend iOS devices and Macs against Meltdown, the company said.
Intelconfirmed a potential security flaw in its chips causing all tech majors to rush to fix the bugs through emergency updates to supported versions.
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