It did however say that most users wouldn't notice the change.
Google Chromebooks self update. But the most recent operating system updates for Mac computers, Apple TVs, iPhones and iPads protect users against the Meltdown attack and do not slow down the devices, it added, and Meltdown does not affect the Apple Watch. You can also go to the settings app on the phone, tap About Device and then tap System Updates to see if an update is available.
The company warned users against downloading software from unknown sources in a press release. Malicious programmes could exploit these flaws "to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programmes", the researchers said.
iPhone and Mac owners, you're not escaping unscathed from the flaws affecting the processors inside laptops, PCs and smartphones.
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Apple says it has already "released mitigations in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 to help defend against Meltdown". The upgrades come via auto updates.
Further mitigations will be released in the coming days in Apple's Safari to help defend against Spectre. Gmail users do not need to take any additional action to protect themselves, but users of its Chromebooks, Chrome web browser and users of Google Cloud services who have installed their own operating systems will need to install updates. The latest Linux kernel has also been patched.
The issues affect billions of devices worldwide, and Spectre is particularly hard to mitigate, according to the researchers.
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Meltdown and Spectre are major security flaws that leaves the devices vulnerable to hacking. "This is a vulnerability that has existed for more than 20 years in modern processor architectures like Intel, AMD, and ARM across servers, desktops, and mobile devices".
There is no evidence that the flaws - which affect computer processors built by Intel and ARM - have been exploited by hackers, though companies including Microsoft have been working to provide fixes.
"This issue is so widespread it's only a matter of time before it's used in attacks". It encouraged its customers to use safe computing practices, including "not clicking on unrecognized hyperlinks, following strong password protocols, using secure networks, and accepting regular software updates".
Essentially, the vulnerabilities affect the kernel of the chips and could allow an attacker to read information that should otherwise be inaccessible. It has also published a technical paper outlining how the flaws can be mitigated.
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The Spectre of a tech Meltdown the likes of which has always been the topic of choice for apocalyptic movies depicting an end of the world sort of scenario might well be real after all.