Apple says all iPhones, iPads and Macs affected by chip flaws

Apple Stock Brushes Off Spectre, Meltdown Risks

Because the flaws date back more than two decades and Intel chips are ubiquitous among computers, cloud servers and mobile devices, they affect almost all computing devices in operation and servers that store memories in the cloud.

However, Google and Amazon say that they haven't hit any serious slowdowns after applying their patches. "[Intel] can confirm it is aware of the class actions but as these proceedings are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment", the company said in a statement.

Qualcomm on Friday said it's working on updates for products that are affected by recently announced chip-level security vulnerabilities.

Apple shares rose 1 per cent to US$174.80 (RM698) at 3.01pm Friday in NY.

Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Adelaide say vulnerabilities in common computer processors could open the way for data to be stolen from millions of modern PCs.

The other flaw, called Meltdown, affects most Intel processors made after 1995. Alongside an apology and an explanation that a software change was implemented to balance out the effect of aging batteries, the company reduced the cost of replacing the power units from US$79 to US$29 through the end of 2018.

The firm has released some patches to mitigate the Meltdown flaw. "This will be a big issue for Apple who knowingly abandon customers who use older devices forcing them to upgrade to the latest models, will Apple step up and honour fixing all devices affected by this major CPU security flaw?"

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"So this is a very pervasive problem that affects nearly every kind of computerised system from desktop and laptop computers to cloud services and smartphones", said CNET reporter Laura Hautala. Kalember also noted that being attacked using Meltdown or Spectre is "highly unlikely". However, according to Google researchers, Spectre also is considerably more hard to exploit.

Microsoft this week released emergency updates to address Meltdown and Spectre in its various Windows operating systems. Jann Horn's team at Google Project Zero also identified Spectre first, but researchers from a variety of institutions also confirmed the flaw.

Furthermore, Apple is continuing to develop Spectre mitigations within its operating systems and will release them in upcoming iOS, macOS, and tvOS updates.

The company has made software updates to protect against some of the problem, but not all of it.

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On Thursday, Intel's stock closed down 1.8 percent to $44.43 a share. "There may end up being cases that are workload or OS specific that experience more of a performance impact".

Google said in a blog post Wednesday that its popular web browser Chrome, its cloud services and other applications have been or will soon be updated to protect against the newly disclosed vulnerabilities. According to Amon, the impact on the mobile industry will probably not be very high because the fixes are already available and won't have any major impact on performance.

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